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Developing effective welfare measures for cattle

Code: 9781801460910
Ute Knierim, University of Kassel, Germany; Christoph Winckler, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria; and Luc Mounier and Isabelle Veissier, Université Clermont Auvergne, INRAE, VetAgro Sup, France

Chapter synopsis: This chapter focuses on the performance characteristics a welfare measure should possess in order to be considered valid for the assessment of animal welfare. It presents a choice of validation measures that can be used to assess the welfare of cattle and discusses ways they can be collected in practice. The chapter also presents the various definitions of animal welfare and how these definitions can affect the measures that are chosen.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2020.0084.05
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Definition of animal welfare 3 Performance characteristics to define valid welfare measures 4 Choice of measures for cattle 5 Collection of animal-based welfare measures on the farm 6 Conclusion 7 Where to look for further information 8 Acknowledgements 9 References

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