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  1. Immunocastration with Improvacâ„¢ reduces aggressive and sexual behaviours in male pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Brewster, Veronica, Nevel, Amanda

    Surgical castration of male pigs is a common practice to reduce the risk of boar taint, an accumulation of pheromones in the muscles of pigs giving an undesirable odour to the pork of entire boars. Castration is not widely practiced in the UK for welfare reasons and indeed, assurance schemes...

  2. The role of quality labels in market-driven animal welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Heerwagen, L. R., Morkbak, M. R., Denver, S., Sandoe, P., Christensen, T.

    In policy-making the consumption of specially labelled products, and its role in improving the welfare of livestock, has attracted considerable attention. There is in many countries a diverse market for animal welfare-friendly products which is potentially confusing and may lack transparency. We...

  3. Investigating some of the factors that influence "consumer" choice when adopting a shelter dog in the United Kingdom

    | Contributor(s):: Siettou, C., Fraser, I. M., Fraser, R. W.

    This study examined which characteristics of dogs available at a large rehoming organization in the United Kingdom influenced prospective adopters' choices. The revealed preference data used to model "consumer" choice were from the Dogs Trust rehoming web pages. The analysis of the probability of...

  4. Welfare monitoring schemes: using research to safeguard welfare of animals on the farm

    | Contributor(s):: Barnett, J. L., Hemsworth, P. H.

    There are a number of nonhuman animal welfare monitoring schemes for animals on the farm in Australia and in other countries. Although the majority of such schemes are voluntary rather than legislated, some are nevertheless enforced through a number of customer requirements that industries must...

  5. Qualified for evaluation? A GM potato and the orders of rural worth

    | Contributor(s):: Valve, H.

  6. Constrained choice and ethical dilemmas in land management: environmental quality and food safety in California agriculture

    | Contributor(s):: Stuart, D.

    As environmental and conservation efforts increasingly turn towards agricultural landscapes, it is important to understand how land management decisions are made by agricultural producers. While previous studies have explored producer decision-making, many fail to recognize the importance of...

  7. Swiss market for meat from animal-friendly production - responses of public and private actors in Switzerland

    | Contributor(s):: Phan-Huy, S. A., Fawaz, R. B.

    Animal welfare is an important societal issue in Switzerland. Policy makers have responded with strict legislation on animal protection and with two programmes to promote animal friendly husbandry. Also private actors in the meat industry initiated programmes for animal friendly meat production...

  8. Frequency of nose and tail injuries in cattle and water buffalo at livestock markets in Bangladesh

    | Contributor(s):: Alam, M. R., Gregory, N. G., Uddin, M. S., Jabbar, M. A., Chowdhury, S., Debnath, N. C.

    A total of 560 cattle and water buffalo were examined at livestock markets in Bangladesh. The aim was to assess the frequency of nose and tail injuries that could have occurred during handling and transport. The frequency of nose piercing was 64