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  1. Selection against aggressiveness in pigs at re-grouping: practical application and implications for long-term behavioural patterns

    Contributor(s):: Turner, S. P., D'Eath, R. B., Roehe, R., Lawrence, A. B.

    The routine mixing of pigs causes aggression that cannot be greatly reduced by low-cost environmental changes. The variability and heritability of aggressiveness are discussed and both appear adequate to make selection against aggressiveness worthwhile in grower-stage pigs. Selection would...

  2. Selection of parameters for on-farm welfare-assessment protocols in cattle and buffalo

    Contributor(s):: Winckler, C., Capdeville, J., Gebresenbet, G., Horning, B., Roiha, U., Tosi, M., Waiblinger, S.

    On-farm welfare-assessment protocols should be based on valid, reliable and feasible indicators that reflect the animal's state in the context of the housing and management system. This paper focuses on the selection of parameters for cattle and buffalo from welfare research, from assessment...

  3. Stakeholders' assessment of welfare indicators for sheep and cattle exported by sea from Australia

    Contributor(s):: Pines, M. K., Petherick, J. C., Gaughan, J. B., Phillips, C. J. C.

    An adaptive conjoint analysis was used to evaluate stakeholders' opinion of welfare indicators for ship-transported sheep and cattle, both onboard and in pre-export depots. In consultations with two nominees of each identified stakeholder group (government officials, animal welfare...

  4. Stocking density and stress induction affect production and stress parameters in broiler chickens

    Contributor(s):: Villagra, A., Ruiz de la Torre, J. L., Chacon, G., Lainez, M., Torres, A., Manteca, X.

    The objective of this paper is to analyse the effects of three different stocking densities on the production, stress and fear parameters of female broilers during a 46-day production period. Chickens were randomly distributed among nine floor pens in groups of 30 broilers with different space...

  5. The effect of management system on mortality and other welfare indicators in Pennsylvania dairy herds

    Contributor(s):: Dechow, C. D., Smith, E. A., Goodling, R. C.

    The objective of this study was to identify farm characteristics that were associated with cow (Bos taurus) welfare outcomes, including mortality rate, culling by 60 days of lactation, survival to >=6 years of age and >=5th parity (aged cows), somatic cell score, milk yield, and milk composition....

  6. The effect of mirrors on the behaviour of singly housed male and female laboratory rabbits

    Contributor(s):: Edgar, J. L., Seaman, S. C.

    It is widely recognised that single housing is detrimental to the welfare of social species. However, some experimental procedures dictate that laboratory animals are housed individually. There is evidence to suggest that, by mimicking social contact, mirrors are beneficial to the welfare of...

  7. The effect of substrate availability on behavioural and physiological indicators of welfare in the African cichlid ( Oreochromis mossambicus )

    Contributor(s):: Galhardo, L., Correia, J., Oliveira, R. F.

    Male African cichlids (Oreochromis mossambicus) establish territories on the substrate upon which spawning pits are dug, thus attracting females. The substrate, therefore, plays a very significant role in its lifecycle. The effects of substrate access on behaviour and physiology in captivity were...

  8. Using a national dairy database to identify herds with poor welfare

    Contributor(s):: Sandgren, C. H., Lindberg, A., Keeling, L. J.

    This research project was carried out by the Swedish Dairy Association as part of the development of a 'Scheme for Animal Welfare'. As a first step, on-farm, animal-based measurements on calves, young stock and cows in 55 randomly selected herds were performed. Nine animal-based measurements...

  9. Welfare assessment in extensive animal production systems: challenges and opportunities

    Contributor(s):: Turner, S. P., Dwyer, C. M.

    The welfare of animals in extensive systems has received little attention despite significant welfare challenges in these environments. Additionally, recent reform of Common Agricultural Policy payments in the EU have put increasing financial emphasis on farmers to attain improved levels of...

  10. Welfare assessment of laying hens in furnished cages and non-cage systems: an on-farm comparison

    Contributor(s):: Rodenburg, T. B., Tuyttens, F. A. M., Reu, K. de, Herman, L., Zoons, J., Sonck, B.

    From 2012 onwards, all laying hens in Europe will need to be housed either in furnished cages or non-cage systems (aviaries or floor-housing systems). In terms of animal welfare, furnished cages and non-cage systems both have advantages and disadvantages. Data on direct comparisons between the...

  11. Welfare assessment of laying hens in furnished cages and non-cage systems: assimilating expert opinion

    Contributor(s):: Rodenburg, T. B., Tuyttens, F. A. M., Reu, K. de, Herman, L., Zoons, J., Sonck, B.

    It is extremely difficult to carry out an assessment of welfare in an entirely objective manner. The choice of welfare indicators, as well as the assignment of relative weightings to these indicators, both involve a certain degree of subjectivity. The aim of this study was to create a possible...

  12. Welfare assessment of working donkeys: assessment of the impact of an animal healthcare project in West Kenya

    Contributor(s):: Leeb, C., Henstridge, C., Dewhurst, K., Bazeley, K.

    Development agencies and animal welfare charities try to improve the health and welfare of livestock in the developing world by educating owners and providing health care. The impact assessment of these projects relies mainly upon input-related parameters (eg number of animals treated or...

  13. Human-animal relationship and welfare of the domiciled dog

    Contributor(s):: Ferreira, S. A., Sampaio, I. B. M.

    The aim of this study was to verify the eventual association between man-dog relationship and the animal welfare. Relationships among raising conditions of 60 dogs, owner's progressiveness and attitude and animal welfare were studied through multiple correspondence analysis. The investigation...