You are here: Home / Journal Articles / Sheep Farmers' Perception of Welfare and Pain Associated with Routine Husbandry Practices in Chile / About

Sheep Farmers' Perception of Welfare and Pain Associated with Routine Husbandry Practices in Chile

By Cristian Larrondo, Hedie Bustamante, Carmen Gallo

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

Considering the public concern about the welfare of farm animals during routine husbandry practices, this study aimed to determine how husbandry practices are carried out in Chilean farms, sheep farmers’ perceptions of animal welfare and pain, and factors that affect them, as well as the level of agreement among farmers in the recognition of pain associated with these practices. Using a self-administered survey, participants were asked about their sociodemographic information, how husbandry practices are carried out in their farms, and their pain perception for seven of these common husbandry procedures using a numerical rating scale (0 to 10). A total of 165 farmers completed the survey and perceived castration and tail docking as the most painful practices in lambs (median pain score 10 vs. 8, p < 0.05). Pain perception was associated with the method used for the specific husbandry practices, the farmers’ educational level, the farm size, and flock size (p < 0.05). There was a fair to good level of agreement beyond chance (p < 0.05) in the recognition of pain associated with the most painful practices. In general, husbandry practices are not carried out in young animals, use painful methods, without using analgesics, which may have a negative impact on animal welfare.

Submitter

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2018
Publication Title Animals
Volume 8
Issue 12
Pages 14
Publisher MDPI
DOI 10.3390/ani8120225
URL https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/8/12/225
Language English
Additional Language English
Cite this work

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Tags
  1. Animal husbandry
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Lambs
  4. open access
  5. Sheep
Badges
  1. open access