Welfare outcomes for livestock transported on Northern Isles ferry routes

Project Details


Scoping study of animal journeys from Northern Isles to Aberdeen including sea crossings. Modelling of existing data where available and experimental data collection of welfare outcomes on selected commercial journeys in autumn 2023 to cover a range of different weather and travelling conditions. The aim of the work is to provide objective scientific evidence relating to the welfare of sheep and cattle when transported in different conditions to inform policy decisions by Scottish Government.
Short titleWelfare of livestock on ferries
Effective start/end date1/02/2330/12/23

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


  • welfare
  • cattle
  • sheep
  • behaviour
  • sea transport


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