Preliminary investigation into the use of expert opinion to compare the overall welfare of dairy cattle farms in different farm assurance schemes
UNSPECIFIED (2003) Preliminary investigation into the use of expert opinion to compare the overall welfare of dairy cattle farms in different farm assurance schemes. In: 2nd International Workshop on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level, SEP 04-06, 2002, UNIV BRISTOL, BRISTOL, ENGLAND.Full text not available from this repository.
This paper describes an approach to assessing the overall welfare of cows oil dairy farms. Veterinary and behaviour experts were shown results for ten selected welfare parameters for 2.5 pairs of dairy farms paired for farm assurance status but with similar geographical location and husbandry system. From this information alone they were asked to state which farms had better welfare. Overall, there were no significant differences between the conclusions of veterinary and behaviour experts. There was a significant relationship between the proportion of experts rating a farm as poorer and the measured difference in the number of cows with lameness or rising restrictions between the paired farms. There were no significant relationships between the expert decisions and differences in milk yield, flight distance, swollen hocks, mastitis incidence, dystocia level, conception rates, prevalence of thin cows and proportion of cows with dirty udders. Clearly, experts rate lameness and discomfort as highly important indices of poor welfare in dairy cows.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Q Science > QL Zoology
|Journal or Publication Title:||ANIMAL WELFARE|
|Publisher:||UNIV FEDERATION ANIMAL WELFARE|
|Number of Pages:||5|
|Page Range:||pp. 565-569|
|Title of Event:||2nd International Workshop on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level|
|Location of Event:||UNIV BRISTOL, BRISTOL, ENGLAND|
|Date(s) of Event:||SEP 04-06, 2002|
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