University of Bern — Higher Welfare Cage-Free Systems

Organization Name 
Award Date 
11/2018
Grant Amount 
$150,000
Purpose 
To support developing and implementing a pilot project for US egg producers, equipment installers, and USDA extension agents to learn about management of higher welfare cage-free systems in Switzerland.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Lewis Bollard

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $150,000 to the University of Bern to develop and implement a pilot project for U.S. egg producers, equipment installers, and USDA extension agents to learn about management of high-welfare, cage-free systems in Switzerland, Sweden, Holland, and Belgium. The funds will support Dr. Michael Toscano, Group Leader of Switzerland’s Centre for Proper Housing of Poultry and Rabbits, and colleagues to develop the educational program and deploy it with approximately 20 U.S. producers, installers, and extension agents. Due to Switzerland’s ban of battery cages in 1992, its producers and scientists have more than 25 years of experience managing cage-free systems.

This is a discretionary grant and falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.