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OLS Field Name OLS Field Data
Main Title The Welfare of Cattle [electronic resource] /
Type EBOOK
Author Rushen, Jeffrey.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Passillé, Anne Marie.
Keyserlingk, Marina A. G.
Weary, Daniel M.
Publisher Springer Netherlands,
Year Published 2008
Call Number QL1-991
ISBN 9781402065583
Subjects Life sciences. ; Veterinary medicine. ; Animal behavior. ; Zoology. ; Animal genetics. ; Animal Physiology.
Internet Access
Description Access URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6558-3
Collation X, 310 p. online resource.
Notes
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
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. Animal welfare is attracting increasing interest worldwide, but particularly from those in developed countries, who now have the knowledge and resources to be able to offer the best management systems for their farm animals, as well as potentially being able to offer plentiful resources for companion, zoo and laboratory animals. The increased attention given to farm animal welfare in the West derives largely from the fact that the relentless pursuit of financial reward and efficiency has led to the development of intensive animal production systems that challenge the conscience of many consumers in those countries. In developing countries, human survival is still a daily uncertainty, so that provision for animal welfare has to be balanced against human welfare. Welfare is usually provided for only if it supports the output of the animal, be it food, work, clothing, sport or companionship. In re- ity, there are resources for all if they are properly husbanded in both developing and developed countries. The inequitable division of the world's riches creates physical and psychological poverty for humans and animals alike in many parts of the world. Livestock are the world's biggest land user (FAO, 2002) and the population is increasing rapidly to meet the need of an expanding human population. Populations of farm animals managed by humans are therefore increasing worldwide, and there is the tendency to allocate fewer resources to each animal.