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  1. Heart rate and stress hormone responses of sheep to road transport following two different loading procedures

    Contributor(s):: Parrott, R. F., Hall, S. J. G., Lloyd, D. M.

    The physiological responses induced in 18 sheep by 2 different loading techniques followed by a short road journey were investigated. All animals were prepared with venous catheters, to minimize the disturbing effects of blood sampling, and 9 sheep were fitted with heart rate monitors. The...

  2. Optimisation of breeding strategies to reduce the prevalence of inherited disease in pedigree dogs

    Contributor(s):: Lewis, T. W., Woolliams, J. A., Blott, S. C.

    One option for improving the welfare of purebred dog breeds is to implement health breeding programmes, which allow selection to be directed against known diseases while controlling the rate of inbreeding to a minimal level in order to maintain the long-term health of the breed. The aim of this...

  3. The effects of mirrors on the welfare of caged rabbits

    Contributor(s):: Jones, S. E., Phillips, C. J. C.

    Mirrors can enrich the environment of some social animals kept in isolation. In this study, the effect of mirrors on the behaviour of isolated, or partially isolated, caged rabbits was tested. In a changeover experiment, four treatments were investigated: isolated without mirrors; partially...

  4. Welfare aspects of chick handling in broiler and laying hen hatcheries

    Contributor(s):: Knowles, T. G., Brown, S. N., Warriss, P. D., Butterworth, A., Hewitt, L.

    Six commercial hatcheries were visited in the United Kingdom, three of which processed laying hen chicks and three of which processed broiler chicks. The accelerations experienced by the chicks passing through the handling systems were evaluated using miniature data logging accelerometers, which...

  5. Responses to a human of dairy cows when they are tethered in stanchion

    Contributor(s):: Shuji, Y.

    A response to the person tethering milking cattle was shown in stanchion. A response toward the person is the very important nature which each individual shows. 15 milking cattle from the Niigata university farm were investigated. When a person stood up in the front, the response which cattle...