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  1. The effect of nursing on the cow-calf bond

    Contributor(s):: Johnsen, J. F., Passille, A. M. de, Mejdell, C. M., Boe, K. E., Grondahl, A. M., Beaver, A., Rushen, J., Weary, D. M.

    Dairy calves are often separated from the cow soon after birth and prevented from nursing, but little is known about the effects of nursing on the development of the cow-calf bond. This study evaluated the effect of nursing on affiliative behaviours between the dam and her calf including...

  2. The ethics of a co-regulatory model for farm animal welfare research

    Contributor(s):: Phillips, C. J. C., Petherick, J. C.

    Standards for farm animal welfare are variously managed at a national level by government-led regulatory control, by consumer-led welfare economics and co-regulated control in a partnership between industry and government. In the latter case the control of research to support animal welfare...

  3. The ticking clock: addressing farm animal welfare in emerging countries

    Contributor(s):: Keyserlingk, M. A. G. von, Hotzel, M. J.

    Over the last decade many emerging economies, and in particular Brazil, have established themselves as major players in global food animal production. Within these countries much of the increase in food animal production has been achieved by the adoption of intensive housing systems similar to...

  4. What do calves choose to eat and how do preferences affect behaviour?

    Contributor(s):: Webb, L. E., Engel, B., Berends, H., Reenen, C. G. van, Gerrits, W. J. J., Boer, I. J. M. de, Bokkers, E. A. M.

    Calves raised for milk or meat are fed diets that differ from feral-herd calf diets and are based on the nutritional requirements of the 'average calf'. These diets may not meet the dietary preferences of each individual calf. This study explored diet preferences in calves with free dietary...

  5. Wintertime use of natural versus artificial shelter by cattle in nature reserves in temperate areas

    Contributor(s):: Laer, E. van, Ampe, B., Moons, C., Sonck, B., Tuyttens, F. A. M.

    The current study contributes scientific observation to the ongoing debate about whether and when artificial shelter (man-made), in addition to natural shelter (vegetation), should be provided to cattle grazing in nature reserves during temperate winters. In several year-round grazing projects in...

  6. Young Blond d'Aquitaine, Angus and Limousin bulls differ in emotional reactivity: relationships with animal traits, stress reactions at slaughter and post-mortem muscle metabolism

    Contributor(s):: Bourguet, C., Deiss, V., Boissy, A., Terlouw, E. M. C.

    The present study investigated relationships between reactivity during tests, stress reactions at slaughter and animal traits in young Blond d'Aquitaine (BA), Limousin (LI) and Angus (AN) bulls. Behavioural and physiological reactivity of animals was evaluated during rearing using a "Human test"...

  7. Managing Livestock Using Animal Behavior: Mixed Species Stocking and Flerds

    Contributor(s):: Ed L. Frederickson

    Mixed-species stocking can foster sound landscape management while offering economic and ecological advantages compared with mono-species stocking. Producers contemplating a mixed-species enterprise should reflect on several considerations before implementing this animal management strategy....

  8. Cattle farmers' preferences for disease-free zones in Kenya: an application of the choice experiment method

    Contributor(s):: David Jakinda Otieno, Eric Ruto, Lionel Hubbard

    Management of livestock diseases is important in ensuring food safety to consumers in both domestic and export markets. Various measures are prescribed under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) agreement of the World Trade Organization. In order to prevent the spread of trans-boundary...

  9. Are "pit bulls" different? An analysis of the pit bull terrier controversy (Commenrtary)

    Contributor(s):: Lockwood, R., Rindy, K.

    "This article reviews some of the historical, ethological, and epidemiological evidence relevant to the question of whether pit bull terriers present special animal control problems justifying unusual legislative action."

  10. Cattle and the rise of the Egyptian state

    Contributor(s):: Lobban, R. A., Jr.

    "This article seeks to understand the factors that account for the rise of the ancient [Egyptian] state in the Nile Valley. ... For this reason, the role of cattle is examined here in terms of primitive capital accumulation, as a means of social differentiation, and as a catalyst for the...

  11. Stakeholder attitudes toward farm animal welfare

    Contributor(s):: Heleski, C. R., Mertig, A. G., Zanella, A. J.

    We developed a survey to measure attitudes toward farm animal welfare, then targeted two US groups considered highly influential in this area: veterinary college faculty members with large animal/food animal emphasis (VCF) and animal science faculty members (ANS). The survey was conducted via...

  12. Mar 05 2015

    Wisconsin Dairy & Beef Well-Being Conference

    UW-Extension will be hosting its fifth annual conference on April 30, 2015 in Kimberly, WI to address the issue of animal handling and well-being. The program learning objectives and intended...

    http://habricentral.org/events/details/287

  13. Dogs for herding and guarding livestock

    Contributor(s):: Coppinger, L., Coppinger, R., Grandin, T.

    Dogs that perform best for guarding and herding livestock have different behavioural profiles, as stated by the authors: 'herding dogs are selected to show hunting behaviours, such as eye, stalk, grip or heel. Guarding dogs are selected to show more of the wild ancestor's puppy-like or juvenile...

  14. Tales about tails: is the mutilation of animals justifiable in their best interests or in ours?

    Contributor(s):: Edwards, S., Bennett, P., Appleby, M. C., Weary, D. M., Sandoe, P.

    Tail docking, involving surgical or non-surgical removal of a portion of the tail, is one of the most widely carried out and contentious mutilations inflicted by humans on animals. To differing extents, this procedure is carried out on farm livestock, draught animals and companion animals. The...

  15. Arthur E. Harder On Pioneer Persistence

    Contributor(s):: Harder, Arthur E.

  16. Bred for Perfection: Shorthorn Cattle, Collies, and Arabian Horses Since 1800 [book review]

    Contributor(s):: Scholthof, Karen-Beth G.

  17. Bred for Perfection: Shorthorn Cattle, Collies, and Arabian Horses since 1800 [book review]

    Contributor(s):: Tenner, Edward

  18. Pioneer Animal Lore

    Contributor(s):: Tjernagel, N.

  19. What the Horse Has Done for Us [book reviews]

    Contributor(s):: Barman, Roderick J.

  20. Agreement between different sleep states and behaviour indicators in dairy cows

    Contributor(s):: Ternman, E., Pastell, M., Agenas, S., Strasser, C., Winckler, C., Nielsen, P. P., Hanninen, L.

    Conclusive data regarding behavioural indicators of different sleep states in adult dairy cows are lacking, i.e. agreement between behavioural indicators of sleep and corresponding electrophysiological measures. Behavioural estimates for quantifying total sleep time in calves have been developed,...