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  1. Goats in Schools: Parental Attitudes and Perceived Benefits

    Contributor(s):: Loyd, Destiny D., King, Elizabeth G., Thompson, Jennifer J.

  2. Text Mining Analysis to Evaluate Stakeholders' Perception Regarding Welfare of Equines, Small Ruminants, and Turkeys

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    | Contributor(s):: Emanuela Dalla Costa, Vito Tranquillo, Francesca Dai, Michela Minero, Monica Battini, Silvana Mattiello, Sara Barbieri, Valentina Ferrante, Lorenzo Ferrari, Adroaldo Zanella, Elisabetta Canali

    Welfare of animals significantly depends on how stakeholders perceive their needs and behave in a way to favor production systems that promote better welfare outcomes. This study aimed at investigating stakeholders’ perception of the welfare of equines, small ruminants, and turkeys using...

  3. Behaviour of Beetal does and bucks at linear vs. hexagonal feeder with special reference to homologous regrouping

    | Contributor(s):: Kaur, Gurpreet, Kaswan, Sandeep, Singla, Mandeep, Sharma, Amit, Lamba, Jaspal Singh

  4. Inter- and intra-individual variability of feeding behaviour in group housed dairy goats

    | Contributor(s):: Cellier, Marjorie, Duvaux-Ponter, Christine, Nielsen, Birte L.

  5. Assessment of Small Ruminant Welfare in Ethiopia – An Abattoir-Based Study

    | Contributor(s):: Bekele, Tizeta, Szonyi, Barbara, Feleke, Aklilu, Grace, Delia

    This paper presents the results of a cross-sectional study assessing the welfare of sheep and goats in a large abattoir in central Ethiopia, using qualitative and quantitative approaches. A total of 384 nonhuman animals (192 sheep and 192 goats) underwent clinical examination and behavioral...

  6. Effects of Environmental Enrichment on Behavior in a Domestic Goat Herd

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    | Contributor(s):: Stephanie Peramas

    Animal welfare is one of the most important parts of animal management. Apart from other measures of good animal welfare, like being in good health, animal behavior can be indicative of the animal’s internal state and is often one of the first signs of improper welfare. Stereotypies, or...

  7. Antibiotic Use on Goat Farms: An Investigation of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors of Missouri Goat Farmers

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren K. Landfried, Ellen K. Barnidge, Patrick Pithua, Roger D. Lewis, Jonathan Jacoby, Christopher C. King, Carole R. Baskin

    Use of low dose, prophylactic antibiotics contributes to the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. In one study, goat meat in Missouri was found to have a higher percentage of antibiotic residues at slaughter than the national average, so we attempted to identify factors related to goat...

  8. Social interactions, cortisol and reproductive success of domestic goats (Capra hircus) subjected to different animal densities during pregnancy

    | Contributor(s):: Vas, Judit, Chojnacki, Rachel, Kjøren, Marte Flor, Lyngwa, Charlotte, Andersen, Inger Lise

    Although goats in many countries are kept indoors in the winter season, during gestation and kidding, recommendations and regulations regarding available space per goat are highly variable. The effects of different housing conditions on the welfare and behaviour are understudied in this species....

  9. Individual distance during resting and feeding in age homogeneous vs. age heterogeneous groups of goats

    | Contributor(s):: Bøe, Knut Egil, Ehrlenbruch, Rebecca, Jørgensen, Grete Helen Meisfjord, Andersen, Inger Lise

    The aim of this experiment was to investigate the individual distance during resting and feeding in homogenous and heterogeneous age groups of young and adult goats. Thirty-six young (3 years) were allotted into 6 groups of young goats (YOUNG), 6 groups of adult goats (ADULT) and 6 heterogeneous...

  10. Improved acceptance of Chromonaela odorata by goat kids after weaning is triggered by in utero exposure but not consumption of milk

    | Contributor(s):: Hai, Phan Vu, Schonewille, Jan Thomas, Van Tien, Dam, Everts, Henk, Hendriks, Wouter Hendrikus

    The aim of the current study was to determine whether the improved post-weaning intake of Chromonaela odorata by goat kids is related to either the in utero period of the goat kids or the subsequent suckling period. It was hypothesized that kids born to dams fed C. odorata during pregnancy and...

  11. Improved acceptance of Chromonaela odorata by goat kids after weaning is caused by in utero exposure during late but not early pregnancy

    | Contributor(s):: Hai, Phan Vu, Schonewille, Jan Thomas, Van Tien, Dam, Everts, Henk, Hendriks, Wouter Hendrikus

    The aim of the current experiment was to study the effect of the phase of pregnancy on in utero learning of Chromonaela odorata by the goat kids by comparing mid pregnancy (day 50–99, MP) with late pregnancy (day 100–145, LP). It was hypothesized that kids born to dams fed C. odorata during late...

  12. Factors influencing the welfare of goats in small established groups during the separation and reintegration of individuals

    | Contributor(s):: Patt, Antonia, Gygax, Lorenz, Wechsler, Beat, Hillmann, Edna, Palme, Rupert, Keil, Nina M.

    As a goat's separation from or reintegration into its group is likely to have an adverse effect on the welfare of both the separated goat and the remaining goats in the group, management procedures need to be carried out in a way that minimises their negative impact. In the present study, we...

  13. Effects of restraint with or without blinds at the feed barrier on feeding and agonistic behaviour in horned and hornless goats

    | Contributor(s):: Hillmann, Edna, Hilfiker, Sandra, Keil, Nina Maria

    The strict dominance hierarchy in goats bears the risk of low-ranking goats not getting adequate access to feed, especially for goats in small groups. The aim of our study was to test the effect of restraint in headlocks with and without blinds at the feed barrier on feeding and agonistic...

  14. Behavioural and physiological reactions of goats confronted with an unfamiliar group either when alone or with two peers

    | Contributor(s):: Patt, Antonia, Gygax, Lorenz, Wechsler, Beat, Hillmann, Edna, Palme, Rupert, Keil, Nina M.

    When introduced into a new herd, goats are confronted with unfamiliar animals. Their behavioural and physiological reactions during this confrontation are likely to differ depending on the presence or absence of familiar conspecifics (peers). To assess these reactions, we confronted 12 goats both...

  15. Social strategies associated with identity profiles in dairy goats

    | Contributor(s):: Miranda-de la Lama, Genaro C., Sepúlveda, Wilmer S., Montaldo, Hugo H., María, Gustavo A., Galindo, Francisco

    The aim of this study was to identify and analyse the social strategies associated with dominance, conflict resolution, individual behaviour and morphological traits in goats. Social interactions of 30 high-yielding dairy goats were recorded over a period of 16 days for 96h. The variables...

  16. The relevance of group size on goats’ social dynamics in a production environment

    | Contributor(s):: Andersen, Inger Lise, Tønnesen, Hege, Estevez, Inma, Cronin, Greg M., Bøe, Knut Egil

    The aim of the present experiment was to examine the effects of short-term experience with three different group sizes in an increasing and decreasing fashion on the frequency social interactions in goats. Two batches of 24 healthy, dehorned, 2–5 years old, lactating dairy goats (Capra hircus)...

  17. The introduction of individual goats into small established groups has serious negative effects on the introduced goat but not on resident goats

    | Contributor(s):: Patt, Antonia, Gygax, Lorenz, Wechsler, Beat, Hillmann, Edna, Palme, Rupert, Keil, Nina M.

    The introduction of an individual goat into an established group is likely to result in intense agonistic interactions, which may adversely affect the welfare of both the introduced goat and the resident goats. To assess this situation, we introduced eight horned and eight hornless goats one at a...

  18. Feeding Chromonaela odorata during pregnancy to goat dams affects acceptance of this feedstuff by their offspring

    | Contributor(s):: Hai, Phan Vu, Everts, Henk, Van Tien, Dam, Schonewille, J. Thomas, Hendriks, Wouter H.

    We investigated the effect of Chromonaela odorata ingestion by goat dams during pregnancy on intake of C. odorata by their kids. Alteration of prenatal feed preference may be used to increase feed intake of novel feeds and the transit from outdoor to indoor goat farming in Vietnam. Ten female...

  19. Feed barrier design affects behaviour and physiology in goats

    | Contributor(s):: Nordmann, Eva, Keil, Nina Maria, Schmied-Wagner, Claudia, Graml, Christine, Langbein, Jan, Aschwanden, Janine, von Hof, Jessica, Maschat, Kristina, Palme, Rupert, Waiblinger, Susanne

    Among other things, feed barrier design for goats can differ with regard to ease of leaving, backward view, and presence of physical separation. The aim of our study was to investigate whether the type of feed barrier influences agonistic behaviour and stress. The study involved 55 adult...

  20. Effect of the percentage of concentrate on intake pattern in mid-lactation goats

    | Contributor(s):: Serment, Amélie, Giger-Reverdin, Sylvie

    The aims of this work were to study the between-individual and between-week variations of intake patterns, to examine the relationship between intake pattern, rumen pH and milk production, to study the effects of the percentage of concentrate on intake patterns and to compare methods describing...