By William J. A. Payne, R. Trevor Wilson
The 5th version of this e-book has been thoroughly revised and taken updated, with a brand new co-author. it truly is nonetheless the main authoritative and accomplished booklet at the improvement and construction of household farm animals within the tropics.
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And De Haan, C. (2006) Livestock’s long shadow: environmental issues and options. FAO, Rome, Italy. , Goddard, P. and Waterhouse, A. (2005). Projected effect of alternative management strategies on profit and animal welfare in extensive sheep production systems in Great Britain. Livestock Production Science, 97, 161-171. 46 Improving farm animal welfare 2. Changes in farming and in stakeholder concern for animal welfare Terragni, L. and Torjusen, H. (2007). Norway. In: Evans, A. and Miele, M.
Dairy cows, for instance, stay in the same farm for several years whereas a veal calf is sold within months. Generally speaking, farmers are more concerned about the welfare of those animals that are kept at their farm for longer periods and when caring for them involves regular close contact. At the same time, farmers tend to defend their own husbandry system, underlining its advantages in terms of animal welfare. For example, farmers who keep their hens in cages often point out that the birds are better protected from disease, predation, cannibalism, etc.
These issues of a level playing field were much more of a worry for pig and poultry farmers than for cattle farmers. , 2007; Huik and Bock, 2007). Political differences prove to be important as well. , 2009). The latter aspect is also influenced by the relative heat of the public debate. Especially in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom animal farmers feel under pressure because of NGO’s persistence and outspokenness in promoting the welfare of the animals. Generally speaking, Norwegian and Swedish farmers are opposed to the idea of improving animal welfare by way of quality assurance schemes or labelling because 34 Improving farm animal welfare 2.