Welfare assessment in extensive animal production systems: challenges and opportunities
Contributor(s):: Turner, S. P., Dwyer, C. M.
The welfare of animals in extensive systems has received little attention despite significant welfare challenges in these environments. Additionally, recent reform of Common Agricultural Policy payments in the EU have put increasing financial emphasis on farmers to attain improved levels of...
Welfare assessment in pet rabbits
Contributor(s):: Schepers, F., Koene, P., Beerda, B.
One million pet rabbits are kept in The Netherlands, but there are no data available on their behaviour and welfare. This study seeks to assess the welfare of pet rabbits in Dutch households and is a first step in the development of a welfare assessment system. In an internet survey, housing...
Welfare assessment of broilers through examination of haematomas, foot-pad dermatitis, scratches and breast blisters at processing
Contributor(s):: Gouveia, K. G., Vaz-Pires, P., Costa, P. M. da
Analysis of post mortem lesions is a common means for assessing poultry welfare during rearing and pre-slaughter handling. The aim of this study was to determine the influence of: age, sex, rearing system, total number of birds on-farm, period between catch and slaughter and distance from poultry...
Contributor(s):: Waran, N. K.
Long-term effect of housing method during the first three months of life on human-animal relationship in female dairy cattle
Contributor(s):: Mogensen, L., Krohn, C. C., Foldager, J.
To investigate the effect of housing during the first 3 months of life to the end of the first lactation on the human-animal relationship and milk production, 80 female dairy calves were housed either in open single pens (SOpen), closed single pens (SClosed), calf-groups (GCalf; 5 calves per...
The influence of human-animal interactions on cattle welfare
Contributor(s):: Tripon, I., Bura, M., Acatincai, S., Cziszter, L. T.
The aim of this paper is to present the effect of human-animal interactions on cattle behavior. Farm animal come in contact with the stock persons during transportation, when are treated for different diseases and during different operations that take place in farms. Several studies have...
Bird whisperer 101
Contributor(s):: Speer, B.
Cognitive aspects of animal-human interaction and the implications for welfare and training
Contributor(s):: Kiley-Worthington, M.
The influence of the human-animal relationship on the productivity and welfare of the pig
Contributor(s):: Hemsworth, P. H., Barnett, J. L., Cronin, G. M.
The effects of "unpleasant", control (minimal contact with humans), and "pleasant" handling of boars and gilts from 11 wk of age were studied. Boars in the pleasant handling group attained a fully coordinated mating response at an earlier age and had larger testes at 160 days of age than those in...
Early experience and behavioural development in foals. (EAAP Publication No.122)
Contributor(s):: Hausberger, M., Henry, S., Richard-Yris, M. A.
The effect of breeding and farm management practices, handling and other environmental factors on the behavioural development of foals are discussed.
Effects of period, type and duration of handling on manageability, reactivity and learning ability of horses. (EAAP Publication No.122)
Contributor(s):: Lansade, L., Boivin, X., Bouissou, M. F.
Manageability, reactivity and learning ability of horses are three essential characteristics for the rider-horse relationship. In comparison to routine handling, extra handling may reduce fear of humans and general reactivity and thereby improve manageability and learning ability in a variety of...
Horses ( Equus caballus )
Contributor(s):: Ekesbo, I.
This chapter covers horse domestication, changes in the animals and their environment, management, behaviour and welfare. Focus is given on innate or learned behaviour and different types of social behaviour. Some of the normal physiological frequency values of interest at clinical examination...