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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Improving Animal Welfare

Improving Animal Welfare

A Practical Approach

Edited by T Grandin, Colorado State University, USA

July 2015 / Hardback / 376 Pages / 9781780644677 £89.99 / €117.00 / $150.00
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July 2015 / Paperback / 376 Pages / 9781780644684 £39.99 / €55.00 / $65.00
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Main Description

By taking an entirely practical approach, this textbook aims to help those working with animals to apply methods for improving welfare, bridging the gap between scientific research and practical application. This book provides a guide to practical evaluation and auditing of welfare problems for farmed animals, emphasizing the importance of measuring conditions that compromise welfare such as lameness, or the use of electric goads. This second edition is fully updated with new literature, new, up to date coverage of pain management, and the addition of a new chapter on animal welfare in organic farming systems.

  • 1: An Introduction to Implementing an Effective Animal Welfare Program
  • 2: The Importance of Measurement to Improve the Welfare of Livestock, Poultry, and Fish
  • 3: Why is Agricultural Animal Welfare Important? The Social and Ethical Context
  • 4: Implementing Effective Standards and Scoring Systems for Assessing Animal Welfare on Farms and Slaughter Plants
  • 5: How to Improve Livestock Handling and Reduce Stress
  • 6: Painful Husbandry Procedures in Livestock and Poultry
  • 7: The Importance of Good Stockmanship and Its Benefits to Animals
  • 8: Animal Well-being and Behavioural Needs on the Farm
  • 9: Improving Livestock, Poultry, and Fish Welfare in Slaughter Plants with Auditing Programs
  • 10: Recommended On-farm Euthanasia Practices
  • 11: Welfare During Transport of Livestock and Poultry
  • 12: Why Are Behavioral Needs Important?
  • 13: Animal Well-being on Organic Farms
  • 14: The Effect of Economic Factors on the Welfare of Livestock and Poultry
  • 15: Improving Animal Care and Welfare: Practical Approaches for Achieving Change
  • 16: Successful Technology Transfer of Behavioral and Animal Welfare Research to the Farm and Slaughter Plant
  • 17: Practical Methods for Improving the Welfare of Horses, Donkeys, Mules, and Other Working Draft Animals in Developing Areas
'This book should be a must read for agricultural and veterinary students and a reference book for those policy making to guide us in the simple things that can make such a big difference to the quality of life of our production animals'. Sarah Wolfensohn- Veterinary record

'A well-presented book offering 17 chapters devoted to improving animal welfare- what's not to like about that? It covers the basic concept of welfare and the important need for objective measures of animals' welfare and puts this in the social and ethical context. But it offers much more than just theory: this is a very practical book offering guidance on how to improve handling and how to improve techniques for routine procedures that are painful.' Sarah Wolfensohn-Veterinary record

'It is excellent for students, husbandry staff, and stock-keepers to learn the basics of animal husbandry and to raise awareness of the animals' behavioural needs and how to address them. Each chapter has defined learning objectives and quick access information boxes, which are very useful, and there are many supporting references cited for each chapter.' Sarah Wolfensohn-Veterinary Record

Grandin is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin's work includes design of animal handling systems, research on livestock behaviour, and auditing animal welfare. She has visited 26 countries and has served on the OIE animal welfare ad hoc committee for slaughter. Her previous livestock books include Livestock Handling and Transport, Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals and Humane Livestock Handling. Her popular press books on animal behaviour have been both U.S. and international bestsellers. Throughout her career, Dr. Grandin has worked to combine scientific research results with practical application in the field. In the North America half, the cattle are handled in equipment she designed for meat plants. She has received awards for her work on animal welfare from both the livestock industry and animal welfare NGOs. She has swards from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The American Meat Institute, American Society for Animal Science and the Humane Society of the U.S.