Producer or purchaser: different expectations may lead to equine wastage and welfare concerns. (Special Issue: Equitation science.)
Contributor(s):: Hennessy, K. D., Quinn, K. M., Murphy, J.
Horses are individual, each having differential characteristics such as height, colour, breeding, conformation, and temperament. These bio-characteristics often influence potential purchasers when buying horses. This study sought to investigate if producers and potential purchasers placed similar...
Hipporehabilitation at the Felin Experimental Farm of the Agricultural University in 2000-2006
Contributor(s):: Pluta, M.
Research progress on morphology and anatomy of the canine olfactory system
Contributor(s):: Sun, Ning
Chronic neurophysiological and anatomical changes associated with infrared beak treatment and their implications for laying hen welfare
Contributor(s):: McKeegan, D. E. F., Philbey, A. W.
Do dog owners perceive the clinical signs related to conformational inherited disorders as 'normal' for the breed? A potential constraint to improving canine welfare
Contributor(s):: Packer, R. M. A., Hendricks, A., Burn, C. C.
A cross-cultural comparison of reports by German Shepherd owners in Hungary and the United States of America
Contributor(s):: Wan, M., Kubinyi, E., Miklosi, A., Champagne, F.
Cross-cultural comparisons of dog behavior and dog-keeping practices are limited. The current study compared the questionnaire responses of German Shepherd owners in Hungary and the United States of America (USA). Owners provided information about their dog-keeping practices, as well as reports...
The presence of mind: on reunifying the animal mind and body
Contributor(s):: McMillan, F. D., Rollin, B. E.
Time spent in shade and its relationship with physiological factors of thermoregulation in three breeds of cattle
Contributor(s):: Bennett, I. L., Finch, V. A., Holmes, C. R.
Six Brahman, 6 Shorthorn and 6 Brahman X Hereford X Shorthorn steers were kept in a yard which consisted of 4 areas exposed to direct sunlight and 3 shaded areas covered by canopies which reduced the transmission of direct solar radiation by 50, 70 and 80% (low-, medium- and high-shade areas...
Assessment of sheep welfare using on-farm registrations and performance data
Contributor(s):: Stubsjoen, S. M., Hektoen, L., Valle, P. S., Janczak, A. M., Zanella, A. J.
Farm animal welfare is a societal concern, and the need exists for scientific protocols to assess welfare. This paper describes the development of a protocol to assess the welfare of sheep (Ovis aries) and its application in 36 farms in Norway. There were two parts to the protocol; the animal-...
Challenges and paradoxes in the companion-animal niche
Contributor(s):: McGreevy, P. D., Bennett, P. C.
By definition, the companion-animal niche demands merely that animals must provide companionship. At first glance, this may seem easy enough, but the forces that contribute to success in this niche are complex. Indeed, success as a companion is rarely measured in terms of biological fitness, and...
Does rubber flooring improve welfare and production in growing bulls in fully slatted floor pens?
Contributor(s):: Graunke, K. L., Telezhenko, E., Hessle, A., Bergsten, C., Loberg, J. M.
This study compared the effects of concrete slats (CS), synthetic rubber slats on aluminium profiles (RS) and slotted rubber mats on concrete slats (RM) in fully slatted floor pens on behaviour, claw and leg disorders, claw horn growth, cleanliness and production parameters of growing dairy bulls...
The effect of morphology on the musculoskeletal system of the modern broiler
Contributor(s):: Corr, S. A., Gentle, M. J., McCorquodale, C. C., Bennett, D.
This study compared various morphometric features of two strains of broilers, selected and 'relaxed' (ie random-bred), raised under two feeding regimes, ad-libitum-fed and restricted-fed. We consider the possible consequences of the different body shapes on the musculoskeletal system. The...
The use of a hand-held algometer as a method to measure mechanical nociceptive thresholds in sheep
Contributor(s):: Stubsjoen, S. M., Valle, P. S., Zanella, A. J.
The aim of this study was to explore the use of a hand-held algometer for the measurement of mechanical nociceptive thresholds (MNT) in sheep (Ovis aries). Twelve ewes were tested over three consecutive days by two operators, and MNTs were measured over six predetermined sites on both forelimbs...
Welfare epidemiology as a tool to assess the welfare impact of inherited defects on the pedigree dog population
Contributor(s):: Collins, L. M., Asher, L., Summers, J. F., Diesel, G., McGreevy, P. D.
The effect that breed standards and selective breeding practices have on the welfare of pedigree dogs has recently come under scrutiny from both the general public and scientific community. Recent research has suggested that breeding for particular aesthetic traits, such as tightly curled tails,...