Slow and steady wins the race? No signs of reduced welfare in smaller broiler breeder hens at four weeks of age
Contributor(s):: Lindholm, C., Calais, A., Jonsson, J., Yngwe, N., Berndtson, E., Hult, E., Altimiras, J.
Broiler breeder chickens are commonly reared under strict feed-restriction regimes to reduce obesity-induced health and fertility problems during adult life, and are assumed to experience a reduced welfare due to the resulting hunger. In these conditions, feed competition could influence the...
Effect of forage presentation on feed intake behaviour in stabled horses
Contributor(s):: Ellis, A. D., Fell, M., Luck, K., Gill, L., Owen, H., Briars, H., Barfoot, C., Harris, P.
In some stabled horses, the lack of foraging opportunity leads to a reduction in chewing time with consequent negative impacts on the digestive system and potentially development of stereotypies. This study aimed to compare the effect of four types of haynets on feed intake behaviour in stabled...
What is a canine athlete?
Contributor(s):: Zink, M. C., Dyke, J. B. van
Canine sports medicine and rehabilitation is the newest specialty in veterinary medicine. It encompasses and integrates a variety of fields, including orthopedics, exercise physiology, neurology, cardiology, pulmonology, nutrition, and others. Rehabilitation, which includes conditioning...
How should the welfare of fetal and neurologically immature postnatal animals be protected?
Contributor(s):: Campbell, M., Mellor, D. J., Sandoe, P.
Legal protection of the welfare of prenatal animals has not previously been addressed as a discrete subject within the academic literature on animal welfare, ethics and law. This paper aims to rectify this by reviewing the protections (or absence of protections) provided for fetuses by existing...
Periods of early development and the effects of stimulation and social experiences in the canine
Contributor(s):: Battaglia, C. L.
It is not capacity that explains the differences that exist between individuals, because most seem to have far more capacity than they will ever use. The differences that exist between individuals seem to be related to something else. Researchers have studied these phenomena and have looked for...
Sickness behaviours in ducks include anorexia but not lethargy
Contributor(s):: Marais, M., Maloney, S. K., Gray, D. A.
Development of a methodology for studying feeding station behaviour of grazing ewes
Contributor(s):: Roguet, C., Prache, S., Petit, M.
A test apparatus was developed to study feeding station (FS) use and abandonment by sheep, by controlling FS number, characteristics and distance between FS. It consisted of a rectangular pen with openings in one of the long sides through which the sheep could extend its head to graze. FS...
The influence of social hierarchy on the time budget of cows and their visits to an automatic milking system
Contributor(s):: Ketelaar-de Lauwere, C. C., Devir, S., Metz, J. H. M.
The effects of social dominance on dairy cows' (crossbred Holstein-Friesian; n = 30) visits to an automatic milking system (AMS) and their daily activity pattern was studied. Cows were fed on concentrate and milked in the AMS, which consisted of 2 selection units (sending cows for milking or back...
Effect of dietary fibre and feeding system on activity and oral behaviour of group housed gilts
Contributor(s):: Brouns, F., Edwards, S. A., English, P. R.
The low feeding level common in practice for dry sows has been linked to the occurrence of stereotypies. A total of 54 gilts were allocated to three treatments and housed in groups of 6 in straw bedded pens with individual feeding stalls. The treatments consisted of control (C) 2.0 kg of a...