Lifting Farm Animal Lives

LIFT’ is a 4-year EU funded COST Action project which will provide the background for including positive welfare in farm animal welfare assessment. The Action started in November 2022 and will continue to November 2026. Currently, the Action has more than 200 participants from 38 different countries.

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'LIFT is about laying the foundations for lifting animals' lives, through positive animal welfare' (Jensen, 20221)

The traditional approach to animal welfare was to prevent animal suffering. Consequently, there is a large bias in the science of animal welfare towards the study of negative experiences. Recent scientific advances consider animal’s positive experiences, also referred to as positive welfare, which is more in line with consumer and citizen expectations of how food is produced. There is currently no agreement among researchers on what constitutes positive animal welfare, or what kinds of techniques, tests and procedures are sound methodologies to assess positive experiences in farm animals.

The COST Action will progress this research area in a multidisciplinary scientific approach by cross-discipline knowledge sharing, training and Europe-wide collaboration to lay the foundations for this growing research area.

Stakeholders responsible for welfare assurance schemes, coming from industry, government and NGOs, as well as veterinary organisations and advisory bodies for farmers, are involved in the project to ensure practical feasibility and to improve the animal production sector’s sustainability.

Main Aims

  • define positive farm animal welfare and clarify its concepts;
  • identify valid approaches to assess positive animal welfare;
  • select methods suitable for on-farm use and provide recommendations for the inclusion of aspects of positive welfare in farm animal welfare assessment schemes.


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The Leadership Team:

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Prof. Margit Bak Jensen

Action Chair

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Dr. Laura Webb

Action Vice Chair

Dr Irene Camerlink

Science Communication Coordinator, WG4 Leader


Prof. Manja Zupan Šemrov

Grant Awarding Coordinator


Prof. Jean-Loup Rault

WG1 Leader

Prof. Linda Keeling

WG2 Leader


Dr. Pol Llonch

WG3 Leader