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  1. Turning science into policy: The case of farm animal welfare in Canada

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    | Contributor(s):: David Fraser

    Development of farm animal welfare standards in Canada has evolved significantly over 35 yr in terms of process, leadership, and the role of science. Key elements of the current process include: 1) influential producers and producer organizations that see the benefit of having...

  2. Aggregating animal welfare indicators: can it be done in a transparent and ethically robust way?

    | Contributor(s):: Sandoe, P., Corr, S. A., Lund, T. B., Forkman, B.

  3. Consumer attitudes to injurious pecking in free-range egg production

    | Contributor(s):: Bennett, R. M., Jones, P. J., Nicol, C. J., Tranter, R. B., Weeks, C. A.

  4. Farm membership of voluntary welfare schemes results in better compliance with animal welfare legislation in Great Britain

    | Contributor(s):: Clark, C. C. A., Crump, R., KilBride, A. L., Green, L. E.

  5. Factors influencing the attitude of equestrians towards sport horse welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Ikinger, C., Spiller, A., Kayser, M.

  6. Attitudes of veterinary students in Croatia toward farm animal welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Ostovic, M., Mesic, Z., Mikus, T., Matkovic, K., Pavicic, Z.

  7. Using technology to monitor and improve zoo animal welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Whitham, J. C., Miller, L. J.

  8. Restricting the ability of sows to move: a source of concern for some Brazilians

    | Contributor(s):: Yunes, M. C., von Keyserlingk, M. A. G., Hotzel, M. J.

  9. The Development and Evaluation of 'Farm Animal Welfare': An Educational Computer Game for Children

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    | Contributor(s):: Roxanne D. Hawkins, Gilly A. R. Mendes Ferreira, Joanne M. Williams

    Many children growing up in urban areas of Western countries have limited contact with and knowledge of farm animals and food production systems. Education can play an important role in children’s understanding of farm animal welfare issues, however, most education provided focuses on...

  10. A Survey of Italian Dairy Farmers' Propensity for Precision Livestock Farming Tools

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    | Contributor(s):: Fabio Abeni, Francesca Petrera, Andrea Galli

    A targeted survey was designed with the aim of describing the diffusion of precision livestock farming (PLF) tools in one of the most intensive dairy farming provinces in Italy. Technicians at the Provincial Breeder Association of Cremona interviewed 490 dairy farmers and obtained data...

  11. Hair Cortisol in Sheltered Cows and Its Association with Other Welfare Indicators

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    | Contributor(s):: Arvind Sharma, Govindhaswamy Umapathy, Vinod Kumar, Clive J. C. Phillips

    India, the country with the largest population of dairy cows in the world, has a policy of retiring abandoned and non-lactating cows in shelters, but the level of provision for their welfare in these shelters is unclear. Cows in 54 shelters across India were assessed for historic evidence of...

  12. Thermal Micro-Environment during Poultry Transportation in South Central United States

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    | Contributor(s):: Douglas J. Aldridge, Kaushik Luthra, Yi Liang, Karen Christensen, Susan E. Watkins, Colin G. Scanes

    This observational study was conducted to characterize the thermal micro- climate that broilers experienced in commercial poultry transporters under various weather conditions and typical management practices in the South Central USA. We continuously monitored temperature and relative humidity...

  13. An Evaluation of Two Different Broiler Catching Methods

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    | Contributor(s):: Käthe Elise Kittelsen, Erik Georg Granquist, Agnete Lien Aunsmo, Randi Oppermann Moe, Elisiv Tolo

    Catching is the first step in the pre-slaughter chain for broiler chickens. The process may be detrimental for animal welfare due to the associated handling. The aim of this pilot study was to compare two different methods to manually catch broilers: Catching the broilers by two legs and...

  14. Children’s Welfare Knowledge of and Empathy with Farm Animals: A Qualitative Study

    | Contributor(s):: Burich, Lisbeth, Williams, Joanne M.

    Public concern for farm animal welfare is increasing in the UK, as is evidenced by recent legislation. Calls have been made to enhance awareness of food, farming, and farm animal welfare among school children, yet educators have very little research available to aid meaningful design of farm...

  15. Bonding practices between farmer and animals : a study in organic and conventional ovine farming systems from the south east of France

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    | Contributor(s):: Clara Hélène Gouy

    Today animal welfare is at the centre of many societal interrogations and the place that farm animals hold in our society is under scrutiny. The human-animal relationship is acknowledged to be a major contributor to animal welfare; however, given the difficulty to assess this subjective bond,...

  16. One Health approach to controlling a Q fever outbreak on an Australian goat farm

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    | Contributor(s):: K.A. Bond, G. Vincent, C.R. Wilks, L. Franklin, B. Sutton, J. Stenos, R. Cowan, K. Lim, E. Athan, O. Harris, L. Macfarlane-Berry, Y. Segal, S.M. Firestone

    A recent outbreak of Q fever was linked to an intensive goat and sheep dairy farm in Victoria, Australia, 2012-2014. Seventeen employees and one family member were confirmed with Q fever over a 28-month period, including two culture-positive cases. The outbreak investigation and management...

  17. Why Pain Is Still a Welfare Issue for Farm Animals, and How Facial Expression Could Be the Answer

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    | Contributor(s):: Krista Marie McLennan

    Pain is a sensory and emotional experience that significantly affects animal welfare and has negative impacts on the economics of farming. Pain is often associated with common production diseases such as lameness and mastitis, as well as introduced to the animal through routine husbandry...

  18. Identification of QTLs for behavioral reactivity to social separation and humans in sheep using the OvineSNP50 BeadChip

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    | Contributor(s):: Dominique Hazard, Carole Moreno, Didier Foulquié, Eric Delval, Dominique François, Jacques Bouix, Guillaume Sallé, Alain Boissy

    Background Current trends in sheep farming practices rely on animals with a greater level of behavioral autonomy than before, a phenotype that actively contributes to the sustainability of animal production. Social reactivity and reactivity to humans are relevant behavioral traits in sheep,...

  19. Animal Welfare and Natural Disasters - An Italian Experience

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    | Contributor(s):: Paolo Dalla Villa

  20. Setting the farm animal welfare scene in North America; Estabelcendo o Cenário de Bem-Estar Animal NA América fo Norte

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    | Contributor(s):: Anna K. Johnson

    The main areas of interest that this paper will address are to, set the scene on what animal welfare is, the schools that one can subscribe and how this could influence the direction that farm animal welfare could go. Second, to provide an overview on some of the critical farm animal welfare...