Journal article

THE WELFARE OF EXTENSIVELY MANAGED DAIRY-CATTLE - A REVIEW

PH HEMSWORTH, JL BARNETT, L BEVERIDGE, LR MATTHEWS

APPLIED ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR SCIENCE | ELSEVIER | Published : 1995

Abstract

In contrast to intensive dairying practices in many Northern Hemisphere countries, dairy cattle in many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, such as Australia and New Zealand, are grazed outdoors all year round. Outdoor farming has a more favourable welfare image largely because of the freedom of the animals to perform a wide range of species-specific behaviours and possibly because of the perception of less stress and fewer health problems. However, there are a number of practices that have the potential to adversely affect the welfare of cows and calves. This review identifies some of the main animal welfare issues in extensive dairy production. Induced calving can result in high calf mor..

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