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  1. Attitudes of farmers towards Limousin cattle and their handling

    Contributor(s):: Boivin, X., Marcantognini, L., Boulesteix, P., Godet, J., Brule, A., Veissier, I.

    Farmers' behaviour towards their animals could be improved by developing training programmes designed to decrease handling stress and improve animal welfare. This requires key preliminary work to collate farmers' beliefs concerning beef cattle and their knowledge of how to handle them easily....

  2. Breeding for quality of life

    Contributor(s):: McGreevy, P. D.

    Many breeds of companion animal have inherited disorders that may impair quality of life (QoL) to the extent that it is unkind to keep them alive. If we struggle to discern when this point is reached, why do we breed compromised, short-lived animals in the first place? If we struggle to judge...

  3. Factors affecting time to adoption of dogs re-homed by a charity in the UK

    Contributor(s):: Diesel, G., Smith, H., Pfeiffer, D. U.

    The objective of this retrospective cohort study was to determine the factors affecting the time until adoption of dogs re-homed by Dogs Trust, a UK charity. There were 13,338 records included in the study, representing 11,663 dogs. Data were extracted from the Dogs Trust's database between...

  4. Genotype rather than non-genetic behavioural transmission determines the temperament of Merino lambs

    Contributor(s):: Bickell, S., Poindron, P., Nowak, R., Chadwick, A., Ferguson, D., Blache, D.

    Merino ewes have been selected, over 18 generations, for calm (C) or nervous (N) temperament using an arena test and an isolation box test. We investigated the relative contributions of genotype versus the post-partum behaviour of the dam on the temperament of the lambs using a cross-fostering...

  5. Selective breeding of primates for use in research: consequences and challenges

    Contributor(s):: Honess, P., Stanley-Griffiths, M. A., Narainapoulle, S., Naiken, S., Andrianjazalahatra, T.

    Primates are bred in captivity for a number of purposes, from zoo-based captive breeding programmes for conservation to breeding for biomedical research. In each case, breeding animals that are fit for purpose, either as viable candidates for reintroduction or as valid research models, has...

  6. The effect of hiding enrichment on stress levels and behaviour of domestic cats ( Felis sylvestris catus ) in a shelter setting and the implications for adoption potential

    Contributor(s):: Kry, K., Casey, R.

    This study investigates the effect of hiding enrichment on stress and behaviour of kennelled cats. Forty-three cats were studied either with a BC SPCA Hide & PerchTM box as enrichment, or with an open bed as control. Observations consisted of Stress Score, approach test and scan sample, recorded...

  7. The welfare of farmed mink ( Mustela vison ) in relation to behavioural selection: a review

    Contributor(s):: Malmkvist, J., Hansen, S. W.

    Selection studies in mink for temperament, and against undesirable behaviours, such as fur chewing, are reviewed. Fur chewing behaviour can be reduced by selection, apparently without any negative effects, whereas only a little is known about the nature and consequences of selecting against...

  8. Relations homme-animal dans les élevages laitiers intensifs de Bretagne (France) : proposition d'une typoligie des éleveurs d'après le "tempérament" de leurs animaux = Man-animal relationsh

    Contributor(s):: Faye, Bernard

  9. Companion animal behavior: a review of dog and cat behavior in the field, the laboratory and the clinic

    Contributor(s):: Houpt, K. A.

  10. Effect of temperament and behavioural reactions to the presence of a human during the pre-mating period on reproductive performance in farmed mink ( Mustela vison )

    Contributor(s):: Korhonen, H. T., Jauhiainen, L., Rekila, T.

    The present study sought to evaluate the relationship between temperament, pre-mating behaviour and reproductive performance in farmed female mink (Mustela vison). Temperament was measured by using a stick test and behavioural reactions to the presence of a human during pre-mating period by a...

  11. An example of application of research in ethology from the horse's temperament tests and record of learning and behavior (LAC)

    Contributor(s):: Lansade, L., Dubois, C., Gillot, A., Delfosse, A., Bon, M. le, Roche, H., Yvon, J. M., Foisnel, S., Rizo, S., Menard, C., Baumgartner, M., Vidament, M.

    The horse's behaviour strongly influences its suitability for riding activity. As professionals and amatory riders were interested by tests aimed at measuring the horse temperament, several scientific studies were conducted. From these studies, two sets of standardised tests were created: - the...

  12. 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.

  13. Out of sight, out of mind! Horses are sensitive to humans during interactions? [French]

    Contributor(s):: Fureix, C., Sankey, C., Vallet, A. S., Andre, N., Hausberger, M.

    Horses' reactions towards humans are a combined result of their temperament, their previous experience, but also of the skills of the human they are interacting with. However, very little is known yet about the relevant elements that have to be considered when humans interact with horses. Here we...