Rushen, J., Passillé, A.M. de, von Keyserlingk, M.A.G., Weary, D.M.
2008, X, 310 p.
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Covers all aspects of animal welfare in beef, veal and dairy cattle production systems
Offers an extensive and critical review of up-to-date research results
Presents a critical analysis of indicators of animal welfare
This book covers all aspects of research into the welfare of dairy, veal and beef cattle. Written by leading international research scientists in the field, it provides a thorough and critical review of the most up-to-date research on the welfare of cattle, covering behavior, nutrition and feeding, housing and management, stockmanship, and stress physiology, as well as transport and slaughter. The book also offers a detailed and critical analysis of the main indicators of animal welfare and covers the main threats to animal welfare in modern cattle production systems.
Although the focus is largely on cattle in developed countries, this book should also be of relevance in developing countries, where issues affecting the welfare of domestic animals are beginning to be addressed. The Welfare of Cattle is ideal for researchers and research students in veterinary and animal science and animal welfare science, as well as professionals in the beef and dairy industries.
Indicators of Animal Welfare.- Introduction: What is Animal Welfare?.- Health, Disease, and Productivity.- Stress and Physiological Indicators of Animal Welfare.- Animal Behaviour.- Challenges to Animal Welfare.- Acute or Short-Term Challenges to Animal Welfare.- Housing for Adult Cattle.- Housing for Growing Animals.- Feeding and Nutrition.- Stockmanship and the Interactions between People and Cattle.- Conclusions.