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  1. Flight distance and avoidance score in Thoroughbred foals and yearlings and the relationship with handling frequency in the young ages

    Contributor(s):: Masuda, T., Takakura, A., Kobayashi, S.

    Flight and avoidance reactions from human were examined using 168 postweaning Thoroughbred foals in 22 breeding farms. Further 114 yearlings of 168 foals were tested in the following summer. The foal handlings by the stabler were asked in questionnaire. The relationship between the behavioural...

  2. How do horses appraise humans' actions? A brief note over a practical way to assess stimulus perception

    Contributor(s):: Baragli, P., Gazzano, A., Martelli, F., Sighieri, C.

    Heart rate (HR) is considered to be an effective tool for assessing animals' emotional response to a stimulus. We investigated changes in HR during a series of handling procedures (grooming test) in horses that had different experiences of human interaction. We used four groups of horses: grazing...

  3. Immobility and supination in garter snakes (Thamnophis elegans) following handling by human predators

    Contributor(s):: Gregory, Patrick T., Gregory, Linda A.

  4. Owner observations can provide data for constructive behavior analysis in normal pet cats in Australia

    Contributor(s):: Kendall, K., Ley, J.

    Feline social behavior is complex, and how it affects on the expression of problem behaviors such as aggression and house soiling is incompletely understood. This study examined whether observations by owners of normal cats were accurate enough to identify individual and social factors affecting...

  5. A model of stockperson-animal interactions and their implications for livestock

    Contributor(s):: Hemsworth, P. H., Coleman, G. J.

    This chapter presents a model of human-animal interactions in livestock production based on the factors involved in the relationship between stockperson and farm animal variables, including the influence of stockperson attitudes on his/her behaviour and of stockperson behaviour on animal...

  6. Attitudes of stockpeople

    Contributor(s):: Hemsworth, P. H., Coleman, G. J.

    The human characteristics that determine stockperson behaviour, the use of a theoretical framework to consider the development and maintenance of attitudes and how these attitudes can be used to predict human behaviour are discussed.

  7. Changing stockperson attitudes and behaviour

    Contributor(s):: Hemsworth, P. H., Coleman, G. J.

    The principles underlying stockperson attitude and behavioural change and the results of research on the effects of behaviour modification/change on livestock production and welfare are presented.

  8. Conclusion: current and future opportunities to improve human-animal interactions in livestock production

    Contributor(s):: Hemsworth, P. H., Coleman, G. J.

    The opportunities to improve the stockpersons' attitudes toward livestock and improve their attitudes and job motivation to subsequwntly improve human-animal interactions, animal perormance and welfare are described.

  9. Farm animal welfare: assessment, issues and implications

    Contributor(s):: Hemsworth, P. H., Coleman, G. J.

    A detailed discussion of farm animal welfare is presented, including definitions, assessment and implications for the animal.

  10. Stockperson behaviour and animal behaviour

    Contributor(s):: Hemsworth, P. H., Coleman, G. J.

    This chapter discusses the way the attitudes and behaviour of stockpersons develop and how these affect the productivity, behaviour and welfare of farm animals.

  11. Trans-biopolitics: Complexity in interspecies relations

    Contributor(s):: Blue, Gwendolyn, Rock, Melanie

  12. A preliminary study of the effects of handling type on horses' emotional reactivity and the human-horse relationship

    Contributor(s):: Fureix, C., Pages, M., Bon, R., Lassalle, J. M., Kuntz, P., Gonzalez, G.

  13. A note on the effect of handling quality prior to mixing on behaviour at mixing in pigs

    Contributor(s):: Mendl, M., Young, S., Lawrence, A. B.

    Previous research has raised the possibility that levels of aggression between pigs may be influenced by their state of arousal and excitement at the time of mixing. This may, in turn, be affected by factors such as the way in which pigs are handled prior to mixing. We attempted the first...

  14. Assessing the effects of a chronic stressor, stocking density, on welfare indicators of juvenile African catfish, Clarias gariepinus Burchell

    Contributor(s):: Nieuwegiessen, P. G. van de, Boerlage, A. S., Verreth, J. A. J., Schrama, J. W.

    Fish welfare is an area of increasing interest and stocking densities used in commercial aquaculture have been highlighted as a subject of specific welfare concern. The present study assessed how stocking density affects growth performance (final body weight, SGR, FCR), physiological (plasma...

  15. Assessment of acute pain experienced by piglets from ear tagging, ear notching and intraperitoneal injectable transponders

    Contributor(s):: Leslie, E., Hernandez-Jover, M., Newman, R., Holyoake, P.

    Suckling piglets are routinely identified to assist with their day-to-day management. A total of 120 suckling piglets were used to determine and compare the short-term pain responses to a number of identification methodologies, including: ear notching, ear tagging and intraperitoneal injection...

  16. Aversion learning techniques to evaluate dairy cattle handling practices

    Contributor(s):: Pajor, E. A., Rushen, J., Passille, A. M. B. de

    Fear of humans is a source of stress for Holstein [Holstein-Friesian] dairy cattle and can result when animals are handled aversively. We used aversion learning techniques to determine which handling practices cattle find most aversive. In an aversion race, the cows are repeatedly walked down a...

  17. Behavioural and physiological effects of post-weaning handling and access to shelters in farmed blue foxes ( Alopex lagopus )

    Contributor(s):: Pedersen, V., Moeller, N. H., Jeppesen, L. L.

    Ninety-four female blue fox Alopex lagopus cubs were distributed into two groups with either handling or no handling. Handling was performed once a day for 2.5 min between 7 and 10 weeks of age, while the control group received no extra human contact. As handling completed at 10 weeks of age,...

  18. Dairy cows' use of colour cues to discriminate between people

    Contributor(s):: Munksgaard, L., Passille, A. M. de, Rushen, J., Ladewig, J.

    The role of the colour of overalls as a cue used by cows to discriminate between people was studied in 4 experiments using 66 Danish Friesian cows kept in tie-stalls. In all experiments, the average distance cows kept from the person was calculated during 1 min with the person standing in front...

  19. Domestic animals' fear of humans and its effect on their welfare

    Contributor(s):: Rushen, J., Taylor, A. A., Passille, A. M. de

  20. Effect of different rearing systems and pre-kindling handling on behaviour and performance of rabbit does

    Contributor(s):: Mugnai, C., Bosco, A. dal, Castellini, C.

    The aim of this study was to ascertain how collective cage and pre-kindling handling (training does to go into their own nest) practices, in comparison to standard housing (single cage rearing), modify the behaviour and the performance of rabbit does. To this aim, 40 nulliparous New Zealand White...