Journal article

The integration of human-animal relations into animal welfare monitoring schemes

PH Hemsworth, JL Barnett, GJ Coleman

Animal Welfare | UNIV FEDERATION ANIMAL WELFARE | Published : 2009

Abstract

There are increasing local and international pressures for farm animal welfare monitoring schemes. Housing of farm animals is a contentious issue for many, although the impact of the housing system may be overestimated by some. In contrast, the topic of stockmanship has received relatively little attention, even though research has shown that animal carers or stockpeople have a major impact on the welfare of their livestock. While welfare monitoring schemes are likely to improve animal welfare, the impact of such schemes will only be realised by recognising the limitations of stockpeople, monitoring 'stockmanship' and providing specific stockperson training to target key aspects of stockmans..

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