19 January 2021
Intercropping for sustainability

Two-day Conference with AAB, DIVERSify and ReMIX at Reading University

6 September 2021
Organic World Congress 2021

New date! Postponed from September 2020



3 July 2020
Environmental Land Management: consultation reopens

Interactive online seminars throughout July

29 June 2020
Benefits and challenges of herbal or diverse leys

Opportunities for farmer involvement



29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

Dr. Lindsay Whistance

Job title

Senior Livestock Researcher

Contact details

Email prefix: lindsay.w (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 646248 - extn. 6248
Postal address: Trent Lodge,Stroud Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6JN

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

    Whistance L (2019) Silvopasture. Chapter in: The Agroforestry Handbook: Agroforestry for the UK (2019) Edited by Ben Raskin and Simone Osborn. The Soil Association

    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.