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Farmers' relationship with different animals: the importance of getting close to the animals - case studies of French, Swedish and Dutch cattle, pig and poultry farmers. (Special issue: Competing discourses of farm animal welfare and agri-food restru

By B. B. Bock, M. M. van Huik, M. Prutzer, F. K. Eveillard, A. Dockes

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This article seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the factors that influence farmers' relations with animals and focuses on the relevance of sector (e.g. beef or dairy cattle), animal species, housing systems and any national differences. It seeks to draw out how the relationship between farmers and their animals is influenced by the context of daily caring practice. It uses Wilkie's framework of attachment as it is derived from practice and recognizes the importance of the paradoxical aspects of farmer-animal relations that are simultaneously emotional and professional. While Wilkie compared how professional and recreational farmers related to their cattle (and in some cases sheep), we concentrate here on professional farmers but compare differences between species, sectors and husbandry systems. In this way we hope to generate more insight into those aspects of production systems that can be strengthened in order to ensure positive human-animal relations, for the sake of both animal welfare as well as farmers' quality of life.

Date 2007
Publication Title International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food
Volume 15
Issue 3
Pages 108-125
ISBN/ISSN 0798-1759
Language English
Author Address Rural Sociology Group, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 8130, 6700 EW Wageningen, Netherlands. bettina.bock@wur.nl
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  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal husbandry
  4. Animal production
  5. Animal rights
  6. Animal welfare
  7. Belgium
  8. Case Report
  9. Cattle
  10. Consumers
  11. Developed countries
  12. Europe
  13. Food economics
  14. France
  15. Mammals
  16. Mediterranean region
  17. Netherlands
  18. OECD countries
  19. peer-reviewed
  20. pig farming
  21. poultry farming
  22. Public opinion
  23. purchasing
  24. Scandinavia
  25. Sweden
  26. Swine
  27. Veterinary economics
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  1. peer-reviewed