Journal article

Training to improve stockperson beliefs and behaviour towards livestock enhances welfare and productivity

GJ Coleman, PH Hemsworth

Revue Scientifique et Technique de l OIE | OFFICE INT EPIZOOTIES | Published : 2014

Abstract

The principle that supervising and managing animals affects farm animal welfare is widely recognised within the livestock industries. However,the manner in which the stockperson affects animal welfare, both directly and indirectly, is probably not fully appreciated. Together with the opportunity to perform their tasks well, stockpeople require a range of well-developed husbandry skills and knowledge to effectively care for and manage farm animals. There are three main factors that can be considered to contribute to a stockperson's work performance: capacity, willingness and opportunity. Capacity includes variables such as skills, health, ability and knowledge, while willingness includes moti..

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