Welfare and cattle behaviour

Phillips, Clive (2015). Welfare and cattle behaviour. In Peter D. Cockcroft (Ed.), Bovine Medicine 3rd ed. (pp. 291-296) Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley and Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118948538.ch29

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Author Phillips, Clive
Title of chapter Welfare and cattle behaviour
Title of book Bovine Medicine
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley and Sons
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1002/9781118948538.ch29
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Edition 3rd
ISBN 9781444336436
Editor Peter D. Cockcroft
Chapter number 29
Start page 291
End page 296
Total pages 6
Total chapters 57
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This chapter first indicates how cattle welfare can be measured. The optimum welfare measurement technique depends on the purpose of the assessment. Although welfare can be variously considered to relate primarily to the animal's ability to cope with its environment, its feelings, experiences or ability to express natural behaviour, it is important to remember that welfare is primarily a state of both physical and mental good health. This is indicated by several parameters, and it is advisable to use a combination of these to gain an understanding of the animals' welfare. The chapter also highlights major concerns and solutions in dairy and beef cattle farming systems and in cattle transport and slaughter. It includes time budgets for important parameters of cow behaviour, and enables welfare assessors and veterinarians to be able to identify inadequacies and their possible causes.
Keyword Cattle behaviour
Cattle farming systems
Cattle transport
Cattle welfare
Welfare measurement technique
Q-Index Code BX
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Institutional Status UQ

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