Text verkleinern Text vergrößern

Datenbank der Projekte zur ländlichen Entwicklung

Better animal welfare - better farm performance


Payment for animal welfare purposes has enabled this dairy farmer to herd-proof his fences and keep animals on pasture from spring to autumn. Compared to being in a stable all year, the herd is healthier, easier to manage and more profitable.


Dairy farmer Vello Brett prefers to have his animals outside in pasture from May to October rather than inside in a stable. “Exercising, fresh air and natural environment will strengthen the immune system and overall health and wellbeing of the animals.” To be able to do this he needed to improve and maintain the fences on his holding to make the fields stock-proof.


By improving the farm’s boundary and internal fences Vello Brett seeks to secure the grazing fields and paddocks for his dairy herd during the spring to autumn period. This is intended to improve the overall welfare of the animals compared to indoor housing, their milk output – and lower the farm management costs.

Main activities

Planning the fencing development, purchase of fencing material (permanent and electric type) and constructing the fences was the main activity. While the daily labour input was considerably reduced compared to all-year-round housing (especially in reducing the amount of silage to be made and cleaning the stables) pasture and herd management continue to be important.

Results & Benefits

The animals are now healthier than before this management change was introduced. Consequently, milk production has increased, fertility has risen and the labour input has decreased. Additional spin-offs include reduced use of petroleum-based fuels, and a more viable farm enterprise overall.

Lessons learnt

Support for animal welfare is an essential precondition for improving animal husbandry and overall farm viability and should be widely encouraged.

Project location and other information

Luke, Tartu County



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

10 125

EAFRD contribution (€)

8 100

National contribution (€)

2 025

Project website

Contact name

Vello Brett




Languages for contact


At a glance



Budget range

< €20 000

Start date:


End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Environment and Sustainable Resource Management
• Animal welfare
• 215. Animal welfare payments


Grazing, Animal welfare, Cattle, Dairy sector

Last update