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Cover for Genetics and other technologies for increasing the productivity of cattle, sheep and pigs: welfare implications.

This chapter discusses the problems with lameness and poor leg conformation; difficulty maintaining body condition in breeding females; behaviour problems associated with genetic selection that may be detrimental to animal welfare; loss of disease resistance; heart and circulatory problems; and...

Author(s)
Grandin, T.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786390547)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Tradeoffs balancing livestock and poultry welfare concerns with the commercial reality of slaughter.

When working with commercial companies, it is often more effective to actually achieve 70-80% of the desired welfare improvements than attempt to achieve 100% perfection and accomplish nothing. There are conditions that cause suffering that are always wrong and in these situations there is never a...

Author(s)
Grandin, T.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781789240573)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Behavioural principles of stockmanship and abattoir facility design.

This chapter presents guidelines on the concepts of stockmanship and abattoir facilities which includes: finding and removing visual and auditory distractions that cause animals to baulk, turn back, or refuse to move; understanding flight zone principles and point of balance when moving livestock;...

Author(s)
Grandin, T.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781789240573)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Determining unconsciousness and insensibility in commercial abattoirs.

US and EU legislation require that an animal must be rendered insensible to pain before invasive dressing procedures start. If an animal shows any of the following clinical signs, it must be immediately restunned: (i) righting reflex or retains the ability to stand; (ii) species-specific...

Author(s)
Grandin, T.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781789240573)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for The importance of stockmanship to maintain high standards of handling and transport of livestock and poultry.

Both practical wisdom and scientific research show the importance of good stockmanship. Cattle, pigs, sheep and poultry that fear people have lower productivity. Animals that willingly approach people are more productive. The best stock people have a positive attitude, and like animals. Equipment...

Author(s)
Grandin, T.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786399151)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Behavioural principles of handling beef cattle and the design of corrals, lairages, races and loading ramps.

Beef cattle and other grazing animals have behaviour patterns during handling that are influenced by vision. A prey species animal has wide-angle vision that will detect rapid motion and possible danger. The eight basic behavioural patterns during handling in grazing animals are: (i) flight zone;...

Author(s)
Grandin, T.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786399151)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Behavioural principles of sheep handling.

Sheep handling, behaviour during handling and the stressfulness of different handling procedures are reviewed. There are both individual and breed differences in responses to isolation from other sheep. Isolation is also highly stressful for sheep which, as a species, have intense following and...

Author(s)
Hutson, G. D.; Grandin, T.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786399151)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for An introduction to implementing an effective animal welfare program.

There has been an exponential increase in the publication of guidelines and scientific papers on animal welfare. Students, farm managers, veterinarians, and others who work in the field might ask themselves, "Animal welfare is so complex, where do I start?" The first step is to improve management,...

Author(s)
Grandin, T.
ISBN
2015 CABI (H ISBN 9781780644677)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for The importance of measurement to improve the welfare of livestock, poultry, and fish.

It is essential to measure serious animal welfare problems such as lameness or poor handling practices continuously. When numerical scoring is used, managers can determine if conditions are improving or becoming worse. Surveys indicate that there are big differences between the very best and worst...

Author(s)
Grandin, T.
ISBN
2015 CABI (H ISBN 9781780644677)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for How to improve livestock handling and reduce stress.

Calm, low-stress methods for handling cattle, sheep, pigs, and other farm animals will result in better productivity and increased human safety. People who are handling animals should be trained to understand and use basic behavioral principles such as the flight zone, point of balance, and natural ...

Author(s)
Grandin, T.
ISBN
2015 CABI (H ISBN 9781780644677)
Type
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