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Mette Vaarst

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Mette Vaarst
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Action research and qualitative research focusing on advisory service, daily care taking and management routines, as well as farmers and farm related actors’ choices, farmers’ perceptions of animal welfare, role in the farming community, herd management, development, legislation and relations between different aspects of animal husbandry and organic farming.

Development of farmer groups e.g. in terms of Stable Schools and Farmer Field Schools, with focus on situated and transformative learning, empowerment and legitimate peripheral participation in a common development including development of the surrounding local community. Master thesis

Research in tropical animal farming, in particular smallholder dairy farming, with particular focus on tick borne diseases, mastitis and management strategies and routines, and with strong focus on farmer field school development. Research and development of the Farmer Field School concept to different local contexts.

Research in Danish, European and Global organic and agro-ecological animal farming approaches, diversity in farming conditions, challenges related to standard development and different approaches to the principles and values in organic farming. Participation in the EU funded Network SAFO 2003-2006 . Coordinator of the CORE organic project ‘Minimising of medicine use in organic dairy farming through Animal health and welfare planning’, ANIPLAN from 2007-2010, and currently the CORE Organic Cofund project GrazyDaiSy, Danish project KALVvedKO and Horizon2020 project ROADMAP.

Description of animal welfare in organic animal herds and development of methods to assessment of and dialogue about the animals’ health condition, disease occurrence and welfare, with particular emphasis on the organic principles and values such as naturalness, harmony and human care for the animals.

Research in animal disease handling (e.g. veterinary homoeopathy), and animal health and welfare promotion, especially in organic dairy herds Explicit-strategy. Development of methods for clinical recordings of the health and welfare condition of the animals. Particular focus on non-antibiotic strategies through animal health and welfare promotion, mostly in Danish publications but also internationally. Stable schools

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