Perceptions of the importance of different welfare issues in livestock production

Phillips, C. J. C., Wojciechowska, J., Meng, J. and Cross, N. (2009) Perceptions of the importance of different welfare issues in livestock production. Animal, 3 8: 1152-1166. doi:10.1017/S1751731109004479

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Author Phillips, C. J. C.
Wojciechowska, J.
Meng, J.
Cross, N.
Title Perceptions of the importance of different welfare issues in livestock production
Journal name Animal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1751-7311
Publication date 2009-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1751731109004479
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 3
Issue 8
Start page 1152
End page 1166
Total pages 15
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Subject 1103 Animal Science and Zoology
Abstract The opinions of seven respondent groups about the relative importance of different practices pertaining to the welfare of Australian beef cattle, sheep and goats were surveyed. Respondent groups comprised farmers, livestock transportation representatives, veterinarians, meat processors, animal welfare advocates, animal welfare scientists and government officers. The survey consisted of a web-based adaptive conjoint analysis questionnaire, which was administered to a sample population that was selected randomly for large respondent groups and comprehensively for small groups. The hierarchy of opinion concerning the importance of the different beef cattle practices was: stockmanship > ground (road and rail) transport > spaying > food supply > dehorning > stunning > shelter > identification > pretransport food and water deprivation > castration > sea transport > mustering > confinement. For sheep/goat practices the hierarchy was: parasite control > mulesing > shelter > stockmanship > tail docking > ground transport > feeding > predation > stunning > castration > pretransport food and water deprivation > sea transport > mustering. The method of performing invasive procedures was perceived as less important than the provision of pain relief. Differences in opinion were evident between respondent groups, with animal welfare advocates tending to focus on painful procedures more than those with direct involvement in the industry.
Keyword Beef cattle
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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