The University of Queensland was awarded the Peoples Choice Award worth $10,000 to fund their research report titled ‘An investigation into whether grief is measurable in animals’. In what will be a scientific first, researchers as the University of Queensland will investigate whether animals experience grief when members of their herd are removed. Non-invasive research will be carried out on a herd of cattle through the observation of behavioural changes and analysis of milk samples for physiological changes. Project manager and PhD candidate Jessica Walker says the findings of this research will help inform a greater body of knowledge about animals experience of grief and on their emotional and cognitive abilities. This understanding will lead to improved welfare outcomes and husbandry practices. The final report is expected during 2014.