29 June 2018
Future regulation for organic farming

Producer meeting in Cirencester

3 July 2018
National Organic Combinable Crops 2018

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18 June 2018
Martin Wolfe receives lifetime achievement award

For services to plant breeding, diversity, the environment and sustainable food production.

11 June 2018
Impacts of conversion to 100% organic management

New research reveals the production impact of a large-scale conversion to organic management in England and Wales



18 June 2018
Government support needed for agroforestry

Parliamentary wake up call for putting trees at the heart of agriculture

Dr. Lindsay Whistance

Job title

Livestock researcher

Contact details

Email prefix: lindsay.w (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 658298 - extn. 524
Postal address: Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 0HR

Academic qualifications

  • PhD: Eliminative behaviour of dairy cows and the potential for adjustment to improve welfare 2007: Harper Adams University
  • BSc (Hons): Animal Science (Behaviour) 2003 University of Lincoln

Main roles and responsibilities

  • Carrying out research as part of the livestock team
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Research interests

    • Animal welfare assessments including animal outcomes
    • Livestock behaviour
    • Participatory work
    • Facilitatory work, including Farmer Field Schools
    • Health and welfare planning

    Selected publications

    Hothersall B, Whistance L, Zedacher H, Algers B, Andersson E, Bracke M, Courboulay V, Ferrari P, Leeb C, Mullan S, Nowicki J, Meunier-Salaün, Schwarz T, Stadig L, Main, D (2016) Standardising the assessment of environmental enrichment and tai docking legal requirements for finishing pigs. Animal Welfare 25:499-509.

    Ivemeyer, S., Smolders, G., Brinkmann, J., Gratzer, E., Hansen B., Henriksen, B.I.F., Huber J., Leeb, C., March, S., Mejdell, C., Nicholas, P., M., Roderick, S., Stöger, E. Vaarst, M., Whistance, L.K., Winkler, C., Walkenhorst, M. (2012) Impact of health and welfare planning on medicine use, herd health and production in European organic dairy farms. Livestock Science. 145:63-72.

    Whistance, L.K., Sinclair, L.A., Arney, D.R., Phillips, C.J.C., (2011). Eliminative behaviour of dairy cows at pasture. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 130:73-80.

    Vaarst, M., Winckler, C., Roderick, S., Smolders, G., Ivemeyer, S., Brinkmann, J., Mejdell, C., Whistance, L.K., Nicholas, P., Walkenhorst, M., Leeb, C., March, S., Henriksen, B.I.F., Stöger, E., Gratzer, E., Hansen, B., Huber, J. (2011) Animal health and welfare planning in organic dairy cattle farms. Open Veterinary Science Journal. 5 (Suppl. 1: M5): 19-25.

    Whistance, L.K., Sinclair, L.A., Arney, D.R., Phillips, C.J.C., (2009) Trainability of eliminative behaviour in dairy heifers using a secondary reinforcer. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 117: 128- 136.

    Leeb, C., Gratzer, E., Huber, J., Stöger, E., Winckler, C., Brinkmann, J., March, S., Walkenhorst, M., Ivemeyer, S., Smolders, G., Mejdell, C., Henriksen, B.I.F., Hansen, B., Whistance, L.K., Vaarst, M. (2011) Farmer opinion on the process of health and welfare planning in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Switzerland. In: The process of minimising medicine use through dialogue-based animal health and welfare planning: Workshop report - Core Organic project nr.: 1903 - ANIPLAN. Aarhus Universitet, Det Jordbrugsvidenskabelige Fakultet. pp. 80-88. ISBN: 978-87-91949-65-4.

    Whistance, L.K., Arney, D.R., Sinclair, L.A., Phillips, C.J.C., (2007) Defaecation behaviour of dairy cows housed in straw yards or cubicle systems. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 105: 14-25.

    Click here to see Lindsay Whistance's publications on Organic eprints.