Trough half empty: Pregnant sows are fed under half of their ad libitum intake
Contributor(s):: Read, E., Baxter, E. M., Farish, M., D'Eath, R. B.
Effects of qualitative feed restriction in broiler breeder pullets on behaviour in the home environment
Contributor(s):: Riber, Anja B., Tahamtani, Fernanda M., Steenfeldt, Sanna
2021Applied Animal Behaviour Science2351052250168-159110.1016/j.applanim.2021.105225text
Motivation for feeding in broiler breeder pullets fed different types of restricted high-fibre diets
Contributor(s):: Riber, Anja B., Tahamtani, Fernanda M.
High-fibre diets have been suggested as alternative feeding strategies that potentially may alleviate the hunger felt by feed-restricted broiler breeders and fulfil their behavioural need for feeding behaviour. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of four dietary...
Conditioned place preference or aversion as animal welfare assessment tools: Limitations in their application
Contributor(s):: Dixon, Laura M., Sandilands, Vicky, Bateson, Melissa, Brocklehurst, Sarah, Tolkamp, Bert J., D’Eath, Rick B.
Conditioned place preference (CPP) or aversion (CPA) methods are potentially useful tools in animal welfare assessment because they permit measurement of the reinforcing properties of a stimulus in the absence of the stimulus itself. We used CPP/CPA techniques in a series of experiments to assess...
Quantifying hungry broiler breeder dietary preferences using a closed economy T-maze task
Contributor(s):: Buckley, Louise A., Sandilands, Victoria, Tolkamp, Bert J., D’Eath, Richard B.
This study aimed to identify hungry broiler breeders (n=12) preferences for quantitative (control) or qualitative dietary restriction (QDR) in a closed economy environment. The QDR option was either 3g calcium propionate/kg total feed (n=6) or 300g oat hulls/kg total feed (n=6). Quantitatively...
Measurement of feeding motivation in sheep and the effects of food restriction
Contributor(s):: Verbeek, Else, Waas, Joseph R., McLeay, Lance, Matthews, Lindsay R.
The availability of food is a crucial factor determining the health and growth of animals. Prolonged or severe food restriction will trigger the subjective state of hunger, which could potentially reduce welfare. We refined a methodology for the measurement of feeding motivation as an indicator...
Cross-sucking by dairy calves may become a habit or reflect characteristics of individual calves more than milk allowance or weaning
Contributor(s):: de Passillé, Anne Marie, Borderas, Fernando, Rushen, Jeffrey
To examine the effects of milk allowance and weaning age on cross-sucking, 45 dairy calves were housed in groups of nine and fed milk and grain-based starter feed from automated feeders and allocated to three treatment groups: (A) Low-Milk Early-Weaned (fed 6L/d of milk until weaned at 47 d of...
Assessing the effect of rate and extent of starch digestion in broiler and laying hen feeding behaviour
Contributor(s):: Herwig, Eugenia, Classen, Henry L., Schwean-Lardner, Karen V.
Feeding behaviour can be affected by diet composition as a result of diet density, the rate and extent of ingredient digestion and the activation of nutrient sensing mechanisms. It was hypothezised that the presence of starch in the distal small intestine would activate the ileal brake, thereby...
Do dietary and milking frequency changes during a gradual dry-off affect feed-related attention bias and visual lateralisation in dairy cows?
Contributor(s):: Franchi, Guilherme Amorim, Herskin, Mette S., Jensen, Margit Bak
A widespread management practice in commercial dairy farms is to stop milk production artificially commonly 2 months before expected calving, in a process termed drying-off. Dry-off management normally encompasses dietary changes as well as abrupt or gradual changes in daily milking frequency,...
Hunger in pregnant sows: effects of a fibrous diet and free access to straw
Contributor(s):: Jensen, M. B., Pedersen, L. J., Theil, P. K., Knudsen, K. E. B.
Fibrous diets and the provision of straw have been suggested to reduce feeding motivation in pregnant sows. The present experiment investigated the separate and interactive effects of a fibrous diet and ad libitum access to straw on feeding motivation, oral behaviour and plasma levels of...
Slow and steady wins the race? No signs of reduced welfare in smaller broiler breeder hens at four weeks of age
Contributor(s):: Lindholm, C., Calais, A., Jonsson, J., Yngwe, N., Berndtson, E., Hult, E., Altimiras, J.
Broiler breeder chickens are commonly reared under strict feed-restriction regimes to reduce obesity-induced health and fertility problems during adult life, and are assumed to experience a reduced welfare due to the resulting hunger. In these conditions, feed competition could influence the...
Effects of different dietary protein levels during rearing and different dietary energy levels during lay on behaviour and feather cover in broiler breeder females
Contributor(s):: Emous, R. A. van, Kwakkel, R., Krimpen, M. van, Hendriks, W.
An experiment was conducted to determine the effects of different dietary protein levels during rearing and different dietary energy levels during lay on behaviour and feather cover in broiler breeder females. A 2*3*2 factorial arrangement of treatments was used. A total of 2880 Ross 308...
Feed-restricted broiler breeders: state-dependent learning as a novel welfare assessment tool to evaluate their hunger state?
Contributor(s):: Buckley, L. A., Sandilands, V., Hocking, P. M., Tolkamp, B. J., D'Eath, R. B.
This paper reports three experiments that aimed to validate the use of state-dependent learning (SDL) as a novel welfare assessment tool to evaluate the hunger state of feed-restricted broiler breeders. In each experiment, birds alternated every 2 days between two food rations: quantitative feed...
The effect of physical contact between dairy cows and calves during separation on their post-separation behavioural response
Contributor(s):: Johnsen, J. F., Ellingsen, K., Grondahl, A. M., Boe, K. E., Lidfors, L., Mejdell, C. M.
Premature breaking of the maternal bond between a cow and her calf triggers a strong behavioural response which renders separation and weaning major welfare challenges in suckling systems. Fence-line separation and weaning allowing physical contact has been evaluated for beef cattle and is...
Effect of feed allowance at pasture on lying behaviour and locomotory ability of dairy cows
Contributor(s):: O'Driscoll, K., Lewis, E., Kennedy, E.
In temperate climates where cows are primarily managed at pasture shortages of grass could result in nutritional deficits for the cow and thus pose a challenge to her welfare. This study investigated the effect of daily herbage allowance (DHA) on dairy cow lying behaviour, locomotory ability, and...
Measuring motivation in swine: the food-metric scale
Contributor(s):: Patterson-Kane, E. G., Kirkden, R. D., Pajor, E. A.
Understanding how nonhuman animals such as swine respond to their environment and understanding how to provide them with a good quality of life involves using a range of experimental approaches. More and more, ethological researchers are turning to operant methods to answer some of these...
Measuring the success of a farm animal welfare education event
Contributor(s):: Jamieson, J., Reiss, M. J., Allen, D., Asher, L., Wathes, C. M., Abeyesinghe, S. M.
Does diversionary feeding create nuisance bears and jeopardize public safety?
Contributor(s):: Rogers, L. L.
Attitudes of Canadian beef producers toward animal welfare
| Contributor(s):: Spooner, J. M., Schuppli, C. A., Fraser, D.
As part of a larger project to determine if there are animal-welfare-related values shared by some commercial food–animal producers and non-producers in Canada, open-ended, semi-structured interviews were conducted to elicit opinions about animal welfare among 24 urban and rural residents...
Exposing violences: using women's human rights theory to reconceptualize food rights
| Contributor(s):: Bellows, A. C.
Exposing food violences (hunger, malnutrition, and poisoning from environmental mismanagement) requires policy action that confronts the structured invisibility of these violences. Along with the hidden deprivation of food is the physical and political isolation of critical knowledge on food...