‘Scharrelkipstallen unhealthy for farmers and neighbors’
Foraging is good for animal welfare, but less for the health of the farmer and neighbors around the scharrelstal.
That said WUR, phd student Albert Store. He did fijnstofmetingen at 36 dairy farms.
According to Store produce the modern aviary-stables ‘heterogeneous jumble of manure, feathers, dander, and enter mixed with the wood chips’, on which all kinds of micro-organisms hitching a ride with that cause health damage.
Professor of environmental epidemiology, Dick Heederik, Utrecht University, speaks of a ‘missed opportunity’ at the transition from battery cages to scharrelstallen: “It is now a great challenge to have a stable design that meets the requirements for animal welfare, working conditions and health of local residents.”