While technical skills and knowledge are important attributes of the work performance of stockpeople, two other important but less well recognised characteristics of stockpeople are their attitude and behaviour towards farm animals. Research has shown that stockperson attitude can affect animal productivity, health and welfare by influencing stockperson behaviour and in turn animal fear and stress. While fear thresholds have been reduced by domestication, fear responses to humans have not been eliminated in farm animals. There is a strong case for utilizing stockperson training courses that target stockperson attitudes and behaviour.
|Publication Title||Animal health, animal welfare and biosecurity. Proceedings of 13th International Congress in Animal Hygiene, Tartu, Estonia, 17-21 June, 2007. volume 1|
|Publisher||Estonian University of Life Sciences, Jogeva Plant Breeding Institute, Estonian Research Institute of Agriculture|
|Location of Publication||Tartu|
|Author Address||Animal Welfare Science Centre, Faculty of Land and Food Resources, The University of Melbourne and the Department of Primary Industries (Victoria), Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia.|
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