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  1. My Gentle Barn: Learning to Listen to Animals | Ellie Laks | TEDxWilmingtonWomen

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    | Contributor(s):: Ellie Laks

    The story of a mom’s desperate cries for her lost baby, their miraculous reunion, and the life lessons for us all that make us better humans. Ellie Laks is the Founder of The Gentle Barn, a national nonprofit that rescues and rehabilitates unwanted animals and heals people with the same...

  2. Why Pain Is Still a Welfare Issue for Farm Animals, and How Facial Expression Could Be the Answer

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    | Contributor(s):: Krista Marie McLennan

    Pain is a sensory and emotional experience that significantly affects animal welfare and has negative impacts on the economics of farming. Pain is often associated with common production diseases such as lameness and mastitis, as well as introduced to the animal through routine husbandry...

  3. Identification of QTLs for behavioral reactivity to social separation and humans in sheep using the OvineSNP50 BeadChip

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    | Contributor(s):: Dominique Hazard, Carole Moreno, Didier Foulquié, Eric Delval, Dominique François, Jacques Bouix, Guillaume Sallé, Alain Boissy

    Background Current trends in sheep farming practices rely on animals with a greater level of behavioral autonomy than before, a phenotype that actively contributes to the sustainability of animal production. Social reactivity and reactivity to humans are relevant behavioral traits in sheep,...

  4. Independent Study 490A: Positive Reinforcement Training Piglets to Stand in a Container and Follow a Human

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    | Contributor(s):: Adrianne R. Kaiser, Anna K. Johnson, Jason W. Ross, Joshua T. Selsby, Kenneth J. Stalder

    The Department of Animal Science within the biomedical research area is using the pig as a model for Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the leading, fatal, X-linked disease, affecting 1:3,500 male births worldwide. Two tests require the pigs afflicted with...

  5. Woollying the Boundaries: Perceptions of, and Interventions into, Upland Sheep Farming in Wales

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    | Contributor(s):: Ffion Jones

    This thesis uses an interdisciplinary methodological approach including art practice, ethnography and autoethnography as a way of examining the relationship between a farming family and their upland sheep farm in mid- Wales. It draws on the ethnographic methods of ‘participant...

  6. Validation of a Commercially Available Enzyme ImmunoAssay for the Determination of Oxytocin in Plasma Samples from Seven Domestic Animal Species

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    | Contributor(s):: Cecile Bienboire-Frosini, Camille Chabaud, Alessandro Cozzi, Elisa Codecasa, Patrick Pageat

    The neurohormone oxytocin (OT) has a broad range of behavioral effects in mammals. It modulates a multitude of social behaviors, e.g., affiliative and sexual interactions. Consequently, the OT role in various animal species is increasingly explored. However, several issues have been raised...

  7. Eläinavusteinen toimintaterapia - asiakkaiden kokemuksien näkökulmasta

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    | Contributor(s):: Elina Vaskonen, Anna-Maaria Koiso-Kanttila

    Opinnäytetyömme tarkoituksena oli kuvata asiakkaiden kokemuksia osallistumisesta toimintaterapeuttien ohjaamaan eläinavusteiseen terapiaan, jossa eläiminä on käytetty joko lemmikkieläimiä tai maatilan eläimiä, sekä kuvata...

  8. What Extension Personnel Should Know About Midwestern Goat Producers

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    | Contributor(s):: Kelsey F. Cole, Catherine Hoegeman, Benjamin M. Onyango, Jodie A. Pennington, Charlotte A. Clifford-Rathert, Elizabeth L. Walker

    The growth of the goat industry has created opportunities for producers looking for a profitable alternative enterprise. Little is known about goat production or educational needs of producers in Missouri and Arkansas. A survey of goat producers in Missouri and Arkansas addressed farm...

  9. Animal Welfare and Natural Disasters - An Italian Experience

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    | Contributor(s):: Paolo Dalla Villa

  10. Setting the farm animal welfare scene in North America; Estabelcendo o Cenário de Bem-Estar Animal NA América fo Norte

    | Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Anna K. Johnson

    The main areas of interest that this paper will address are to, set the scene on what animal welfare is, the schools that one can subscribe and how this could influence the direction that farm animal welfare could go. Second, to provide an overview on some of the critical farm animal welfare...

  11. Supporting the Development and Adoption of Automatic Lameness Detection Systems in Dairy Cattle: Effect of System Cost and Performance on Potential Market Shares

    | Contributor(s):: Tim Van De Gutcht, Stephanie Van Weyenberg, Annelies Van Nuffel, Ludwig Lauwers, Jurgen Vangeyte, Wouter Saeys

    Most automatic lameness detection system prototypes have not yet been commercialized, and are hence not yet adopted in practice. Therefore, the objective of this study was to simulate the effect of detection performance (percentage missed lame cows and percentage false alarms) and system cost on...

  12. Pig Age and Approachability Behavior to a Human Observer

    | Contributor(s):: Shawna Weimar, Anna K. Johnson, Kenneth J. Stalder, Locke A. Karriker, Thomas Fangman

    The objective of this experiment was to determine if nursery pig age affected how many pigs touched and orientated to a human, or were classified as not-orientated during a human-animal interaction test using live human observation and digital image collection methodology. A complete randomized...

  13. On farm welfare assessment of beef cattle using an environmentally-based welfare index and investigation of the human-animal relationship

    | Contributor(s):: Bernadette Earley, Mickael Mazurek, Margaret Murray, Daniel J. Prendiville

    On farm welfare assessment of beef cattle using an environmentally-based welfare index and investigation of the human-animal relationship. Study 1. Animal welfare index (AWI): an on-farm survey of beef suckler farms in Ireland. Study 2. Investigation and specificity of behavioural fear responses...

  14. Hazards of Getting Sick from Contact with Farm Animals at Fairs and Petting Zoos

    | Contributor(s):: Aurora A. Saulo

    Animals exhibited at fairs, farm centers, and in petting zoos are very popular and educational, and they bring much joy to people, especially children, but in addition to warm memories of holding them, there is risk that immunocompromised people may take home harmful—even...

  15. Human/Farm Animal Relationships

    | Contributor(s):: Jack L. Albright

    There are various combinations of human beings and farm animals. This paper attempts to evaluate those few studies of humans handling farm animals within a prescribed environment. Personality traits of dairy farmers and livestock people as determined by the Eysenck Personality Inventory (Eysenck...

  16. Suomenkarjan käyttö terapiaeläimenä

    | Contributor(s):: Anu Kinnunen

    Suomen alkuperäiskarjojen annettiin miltei kuolla sukupuuttoon, ennen kuin niiden suojeluun viimein parikymmentä vuotta sitten havahduttiin. Arvokkaan geeniaineksen katoaminen olisi ollut kohtalokasta maamme jalostustyölle ja kotieläinlajien monimuotoisuudelle....

  17. Zoo Animals, Livestock, and Pets, Oh MY! An Exploration of the Ethics of Captive Breeding

    | Contributor(s):: Colleen McArdle

    What is captive breeding? Captive breeding is a mode of breeding in which humans decide which animals will be parents and arrange reproduction for purposes that we define. Zoos have used it as a conservation strategy in the United States since the 1960’s, but it is also used to breed...

  18. An assessment of community understanding of the Human Animal Conservancy Self-Insurance Scheme and the impact of human-wildlife conflicts : a case study from the Kwandu conservancy, north-east Namibia.

    | Contributor(s):: Marthin Kaukaha Kasaona

    The research problem of this mini-dissertation involves the conflicts between human and wildlife populations and the trialing of ‘compensation’ payouts that are emerging as a critical test within the conservancy. Crop raiders such as elephants, buffaloes, hippopotamus, bush pigs and...

  19. Nozīmju piešķiršana industriālo lopkopības fermu dzīvniekiem

    | Contributor(s):: Maija Krastiņa

    Bakalaura darba “Nozīmju piešķiršana industriālo lopkopības fermu dzīvniekiem” mērķis ir analizēt cilvēku-dzīvnieku attiecības starp kāvējiem un lauksaimniecības dzīvniekiem, it īpaši pievēršot uzmanību nozīmēm, kādas tiek piešķirtas dzīvniekiem un...

  20. The Effects of Animal-Assisted Activities on the Social and Emotional Development of Young Children with Characteristics of Emotional Behavioral Disorders

    | Contributor(s):: Elaine K. Schmid

    As emotional behavioral disorders become more prevalent throughout the school-age population, intervention during the early childhood ages is becoming key. Considering that social emotional delays are risk factors for emotional behavioral disorders and the evidence of social-emotional health in...