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  1. Exploration as an indicator of good welfare in beef bulls: an attempt to develop a test for on-farm assessment

    | Contributor(s):: Westerath, H. S., Laister, S., Winckler, C., Knierim, U.

    Exploration appears to be carried out for its own purpose due to being self-rewarding. Furthermore, it increases environmental certainty with the effect of increased predictability and control of the environment. We, therefore, supposed that exploratory behaviour is associated with positive...

  2. Influence of different types of environmental enrichment on the behaviour of finishing pigs in two different housing systems: 3. Hanging toy versus rootable toy of the same material

    | Contributor(s):: Scott, K., Taylor, L., Gill, B. P., Edwards, S. A.

    This study aimed to assess the effects of (1) environmental enrichment with either straw bedding or a plastic toy and (2) the way in which the plastic toy was presented on the behaviour of finishing pigs in two different housing systems. One thousand and twenty four (Large White x Landrace) x...

  3. Occupational stress in veterinary nurses: roles of the work environment and own companion animal

    | Contributor(s):: Black, A. F., Winefield, H. R., Chur-Hansen, A.

    Veterinary nursing has been identified as an occupation at risk for occupational stress and burnout, but a better understanding of job stressors and influencing factors is needed. The aim of this study was to examine occupational stress in a veterinary nursing population based on established work...

  4. Pet, pest, profit: isolating differences in attitudes towards the treatment of animals

    | Contributor(s):: Taylor, N., Signal, T. D.

    Despite the increasing interest in, and scope of, human-animal studies, few statistically robust measures of attitudes towards animals exist beyond the Animal Attitude Scale (AAS-Herzog, Betchart and Pittman 1991). While extensively utilized, the AAS does not discriminate between categories of...

  5. Social and individual components of animal contact in preschool children

    | Contributor(s):: Wedl, M., Kotrschal, K.

    Humans are generally biophilic. Still, for unknown reasons, interest in animals varies substantially among individuals. Our goal was to investigate how differential interest of children towards animals might be related to social competence and personality. We proposed two alternatives: (1)...

  6. Reducing post-mixing aggression and skin lesions in weaned pigs by application of a synthetic maternal pheromone

    | Contributor(s):: Guy, J. H., Burns, S. E., Barker, J. M., Edwards, S. A.

    In commercial pig production, piglets are often mixed after weaning which can result in severe aggression and lead to body damage, disruption of feeding behaviour and reduced growth. This experiment investigated whether application of a synthetic maternal pheromone to groups of weaned pigs in...