Advances in Sheep Welfare

Advances in Sheep Welfare

1st Edition - August 15, 2017

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  • Editors: Drewe Ferguson, Caroline Lee, Andrew Fisher
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081007181
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081007273

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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 begins with an introduction to sheep welfare in Part One, with chapters covering biology and natural behavior, sheep production systems, and consumer and societal expectations for sheep products. Part Two goes on to highlight new advances in sheep welfare assessment, before Part Three outlines a wide range of solutions to sheep welfare challenges. The final section looks ahead to the future, considering what sheep welfare will look like in 2030 and beyond. This book is an essential part of the wider ranging series Advances in Farm Animal Welfare, with coverage of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. With its expert editors and international team of contributors, Advances in Sheep 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 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

Table of Contents

  • Part One: Introduction to Sheep Welfare
    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 Two: 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
    Part Three: Current and future solutions to sheep welfare challenges
    6. Genetic solutions
    7. Reproductive management
    8. Nutritional management
    9. Predation control
    10. Managing disease risks
    11. Painful husbandry procedures
    12. Transport and pre-slaughter management
    13. Advanced livestock management solutions
    14. Optimized welfare for sheep in research and teaching
    Part Four: Sheep welfare beyond 2020
    15. Future welfare challenges and potential for predicting and proactively managing emerging problems

Product details

  • No. of pages: 318
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2017
  • Published: August 15, 2017
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081007181
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081007273

About the Editors

Drewe Ferguson

Drewe Ferguson leads the Livestock Systems Program within CSIRO Agriculture and Food. He is recognized for his research in advancing livestock welfare through improvements in livestock resilience and management and husbandry practices.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Caroline Lee

Caroline Lee leads the animal behavior and welfare team at CSIRO, Australia. Her research interests include developing novel methods to assess affective states, assessing cognition and learning and improving welfare assessment of farm animals.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher is Chair of Cattle and Sheep Production Medicine and Director of the Animal Welfare Science Centre at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has significant experience in animal welfare research, with a particular focus on production animal management, transport and pain management. He is also actively involved in the translation of animal welfare research into public and organisational policy.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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