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Farm Animal Behaviour

Farm Animal Behaviour

Characteristics for Assessment of Health and Welfare

Now Published!

By I Ekesbo, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden, S Gunnarsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

November 2018 / Paperback / 352 Pages / 9781786391391 £45.00 / €60.00 / $75.00
With 10% online discount: £40.50 / €54.00 / $67.50
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Main Description

Completely updated and revised, Farm Animal Behaviour 2nd Edition continues to provide essential information on normal and stereotypic behaviours in a wide variety of farm animals to help in the assessment and diagnosis of their health and welfare.

Comprehensive coverage of a range of farmed animals from: horses, cattle, sheep, goats and pigs through to domesticated poultry, deer, ostrich and many other species.

Innate, learned and social behaviours are described together with activity, vision and hearing to build a picture of normal behaviours presented in a clear and consistent way for each species.

Stereotypic behaviours, injuries and disease, resulting from improper management practices, are outlined in detail.

For the second edition
Professor Stefan Gunnarsson joins the author team and contributes his long-standing knowledge, clinical and scientific expertise.
Many new snapshot photographs in full colour throughout have been added to further illustrate behaviours as they occur.
New information on normal and stereotypic behaviours is included.
The explosion in new research is captured with a wealth of new references and pointers for further reading.
A consistent approach to each species allows for easy comparison.

Farm Animal Behaviour 2nd Edition provides a comprehensive yet concise background for all students, postgraduates and practitioners in veterinary medicine, animal science, welfare and ethology.

    • 1: Horse (Equus caballus)
    • 2: Swine (Sus scrofa)
    • 3: Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
    • 4: Cattle (Bos taurus)
    • 5: Sheep (Ovis aries)
    • 6: Goat (Capra hircus)
    • 7: Domestic Fowl (Gallus gallus domesticus)
    • 8: Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
    • 9: Goose (Anser anser f. domesticus, Anser cygnoides f. domesticus)
    • 10: Domestic Duck (Anas platyrhynchos) and Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
    • 11: Deer: Fallow Deer (Dama dama) and Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)
    • 12: Ratite: Ostrich (Struthio camelus), Rhea or Nandu (Rhea americana) and Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

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Ekesbo As professor in Animal Hygiene at the Swedish Agricultural University's veterinary faculty, Ingvar Ekesbo, DVM, PhD, was deeply interested in research and education regarding the relationship farm animal environment and animal health. He got deep practical experience of animal husbandry through part time clinical practice during forty years. He introduced ethology as discipline in the Swedish veterinary curriculum which led to the establishment in 1987 of a chair in ethology at his department, one of the first at any veterinary faculty.
After his retirement he has been continuing research, education and consultancy. Ekesbo has been president of the International Society for Animal Hygiene, the International Society for Applied Ethology, Swedish representative in Council of Europe when the Farm Animal Welfare Convention was elaborated 1971-1976, and, member, and several years chairman, in the Council's Standing Committee for Farm Animal Welfare 1979-1998.