1 Overview of cattle production systems
Part One: Cattle Welfare Assessment
2 Assessment of cattle welfare: common animal-based measures
3 Assessment of cattle welfare: approaches, goals and next steps on farms
4 Human animal-interactions: challenges and ways forward
Part Two: Behavioral Priorities in Cattle Across Age Classes and Breeds
5 Cattle priorities: feed and water selection, ability to move freely and to access pasture
6 The role of social behaviour in cattle welfare
Part Three: Novel Perspectives on Current Challenges in Dairy and Beef Production
7 Painful procedures: when and what should we measure in cattle?
8 Disease and injury: beyond current thinking about top causes of cattle morbidity
9 Metabolic challenge: how does it affect welfare?
Advances in Cattle Welfare provides a targeted overview of contemporary issues in dairy and beef cattle welfare. The volume addresses welfare-related topics in both research and on-farm applications.
Opening with an introduction to cattle production systems, the book covers the three major areas of cattle welfare; on-farm welfare assessment, behavioral priorities of cattle and novel perspectives on specific aspects of management. Chapters examine the key issues within each area, including such topics as the goals and measures included in welfare assessments, the importance to cattle of access to pasture and engaging in social behavior, human-animal interactions, painful procedures, and disease and metabolic challenge.
This book is an essential part of the wider ranging series Advances in Farm Animal Welfare, with coverage of cattle, sheep and pigs.
With its expert editor and international team of contributors, Advances in Cattle Welfare is a key reference tool for welfare research scientists and students, veterinarians involved in welfare assessment, and indeed anyone with a professional interest in the welfare of cattle.
- Brings together top researchers in the field to provide a comprehensive overview of recent advances in the understanding of cattle welfare and management
- Analyzes welfare issues for both dairy and beef cattle of all ages
- Examines the issues from the perspective of what will be most important for the animal’s overall welfare, from housing systems to feeding
Welfare research scientists and postgraduate students, Practicing vets involved in welfare assessment, NGOs interested in welfare assurance
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- © Woodhead Publishing 2018
- 30th October 2017
- Woodhead Publishing
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Cassandra Tucker is Associate Professor at the Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis. Dr Tucker completed her BSc at UC Davis in 1998. She conducted her PhD work in the Animal Welfare Program at UBC (Vancouver, Canada, 2003) and worked for 3 years as a scientist at AgResearch (Hamilton, New Zealand), before returning to UC Davis in 2007. Dr Tucker’s research has included investigating how behavior and physiology of dairy cattle changes in response to farming practices that may affect animal welfare, such as painful procedures (e.g., tail docking, disbudding), management decisions (e.g., stocking density), and environmental conditions (e.g., effects of weather and mitigation strategies; comfort of lying and standing surfaces).
Associate Professor at the Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, USA