The Arctic Research Network for Diseases in reindeer related to husbandry and climate change (TARANDUS)
Coordinator: Anna Omazic, SVA, firstname.lastname@example.org
The TARANDUS network gathers reindeer researchers from the Nordic countries. For two years the network will cover many aspects of reindeer health and welfare linked to climate change.
The semi-domesticated reindeer in the Nordic countries are heavily affected by the ongoing climate change and are facing increased difficulties in finding feed at pasture in the wintertime. To avoid starvation, reindeer herders are forced to feed the animals with forage, hay and or concentrate at the pasture or in enclosures. This mitigation strategy is saving reindeer lives, but also leads to stress, increased animal density, and challenging hygienic conditions which increases the risks for infectious disease transmission.
It is important to recognize diseased reindeer, have knowledge of the relevant diseases and treat animals early and understanding on how to prevent diseases to be able to avoid disease and reduced condition. This is important both for animal health and welfare and to avoid economic losses due to rejection and reporting at slaughter.
Researchers from the National Veterinary Institute (SVA), Sweden, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) and the East Iceland Nature Research Centre, build a sustainable and interdisciplinary network where the aim is to improve animal health and welfare through development of preventive management routines and optimal herding practices adapted to climate change for a sustainable reindeer herding with a low negative impact on the climate and environment.
The TARANDUS network coordinates workshops with different themes: animal health and welfare, infectious diseases and feeding related disorders and diseases in wild reindeer; especially focusing on the interlinkage both between each theme and reindeer husbandry and climate change adaptation. Target groups for these workshops are researchers, and veterinarians, particularly those working in the reindeer herding regions, stakeholders focusing on reindeer husbandry and climate change adaptation, and reindeer herders. The network also creates opportunities for junior researchers to gain interest and increase their knowledge within the research area.