Advances in Sheep Welfare - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081007181

Advances in Sheep Welfare

1st Edition

Editors: Drewe Ferguson Caroline Lee Andrew Fisher
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081007181
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st September 2017
Page Count: 312
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Table of Contents

1. Advances in understanding in the biology and natural behavior of sheep
2. Overview of sheep production systems
3. Consumer and societal expectations for sheep products (meat and wool)

Part I: New advances in sheep welfare assessment
4. New developments in our understanding of sheep cognition and emotional states
5. New physiological measures that indicate the biological cost of the challenge
6. On-farm welfare risk assessment and management

Part II: Advances in sheep handling and management
7. Introduction to advances in sheep handling and management
8. Genetic solutions
9. Reproductive management
10. Nutritional management
11. Predation control
12. Managing disease risks
13. Painful husbandry procedures
14. Transport and pre-slaughter management
15. Advanced livestock management solutions
16. Optimized welfare for sheep in research and teaching

Part III: Sheep welfare: 2030 and beyond
17. Future welfare challenges and what is required in our capacity to manage them
18. Potential for predicting and proactively managing emerging problems


Advances in Sheep Welfare examines the recent advances made in sheep welfare assessment, handling and management providing state-of-the-art coverage of the welfare needs of one of the world’s most widely farmed animals.

The book is divided into three main sections. The first deals with advances in sheep welfare assessment with chapters covering sheep cognition, physiological measures and welfare risk assessment and management. The second section covers advances in sheep handling and management. Chapters within this section provide information on the latest developments from around the world in genetic solutions, reproductive and nutritional management, managing disease risks and painful husbandry procedures amongst others. The final section looks ahead to the future, and to what sheep welfare will look like in 2030 and beyond.

The book is an essential part of the wider ranging series Advances in Agricultural Animal Welfare, with coverage of cattle, pigs, poultry and aquaculture.

With its distinguished editors and international team of contributors, Advances in Sheep Welfare is set to be a standard reference for welfare research scientists and students, practising vets involved in welfare assessment, and indeed anyone with a professional interest in the welfare of sheep.

Key Features

  • Brings together top researchers in the field to provide a comprehensive overview of recent advances in the understanding of sheep welfare and management
  • Presents part of a wider series, Advances in Agricultural Animal Welfare, which provides comprehensive coverage of animal welfare of the world’s major farmed animals
  • Highlights current advances and looks ahead to how sheep welfare management will develop in the next ten to fifteen years


Welfare research scientists as well as postgraduate students, Practicing vets involved in welfare assessment, NGOs interested in welfare assurance


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About the Editors

Drewe Ferguson Editor

Dr Drewe Ferguson leads the CSIRO Animal Food and Health Sciences (CAFHS) Theme. Prior to this appointment, he was the research leader of the Livestock Welfare Group within CSIRO. He has considerable research management experience through his roles as the Deputy CEO and Manager of the Cattle Adaptation and Welfare Program of the CRC for Beef Genetic Technologies. He has published over 50 refereed journal publications, 3 book chapters and 60 conference papers or abstracts.

Affiliations and Expertise

Animal Food and Health Sciences (CAFHS) Theme, CSIRO, Australia

Caroline Lee Editor

Dr Caroline Lee has been part of the CSIRO livestock welfare team since its establishment in 2002. Her team works to develop objective measures of welfare, to improve husbandry practices and to advance understanding of the biological components of adaptation in livestock. Her research is developing new methods to assess animal welfare. Her main interest is in understanding the relationship between cognition and emotion to enable assessment of animal welfare. She has published over 30 refereed journal publications, 2 book chapters and 45 conference papers or abstracts.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Researcher, Animal Food and Health Sciences (CAFHS) Theme, CSIRO, Australia

Andrew Fisher Editor

Prof. Andrew Fisher is the Chair of Cattle and Sheep Production Medicine with the Faculty of Veterinary Science. He has significant experience in the area of animal welfare, with a particular focus on production animal management and transport. Research interests include welfare aspects of flexible feeding systems of dairy cows. He has published over 75 refereed journal publications, 10 book chapters and 100 conference papers or abstracts.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Animal Welfare Science Centre, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia