28 May 2018
Agroforestry as sustainable land use

EURAF 2018 CONFERENCE: Opportunity for farmers to attend

10 June 2018
Open Farm Sunday at Sonning Farm

We will be showcasing our trials at Reading University Crops Research Unit



22 May 2018
Organic farming: new EU rules adopted

New regulation to come into effect 1 January 2021

21 May 2018
Defra release organic farming stats for 2017

Organic land area in UK slowly increasing



3 May 2018
Stop the dock!

A new technical guide for reducing docks on farmland

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.