15 November 2018
UK Organic Congress 2018

Going for Growth – Transforming organic food and farming in the UK



4 September 2018
The Oak Award open for nominations

New award for outstanding contribution to the UK organic sector

17 August 2018
Global assessment of agricultural system redesign

Agricultural sustainability is delivering increases in productivity and improving the environment, and has spread to 163 million farms worldwide



20 August 2018
Tipping point in agricultural production

New study identifies that developing countries are winning the sustainable Intensification race

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.