Production systems worldwide need to be able to combine profitability with the responsibility of protecting human health, animal health, animal welfare and the environment. Dairy donkey farmers should apply good practices in order to ensure that safe and quality donkey milk is produced in a sustainable manner from an animal welfare, social, economic and environmental perspective.
Dairy donkeys’ guidelines have the goal of providing practical and useful suggestions to farmers to achieve the above-mentioned goals.
The guidelines, grounded on results from the pilot project on dairy donkey welfare assessment (https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/press-release/donkey-milk-farming-research), will be academic driven and developed by a Stakeholder platform using a considered judgement process informed by systematic reviews of the evidence. The development of the guidelines will take one year.