Keyword : Animal-based measurement

Sheep fatigue during transport: Lost in translation?

Published in 0

Results of a qualitative study on sheep fatigue during transport from the perspective of stakeholders. Four themes emerged when the interview data was analysed, suggesting several avenues of research to improve sheep welfare during transport, including fatigue assessment based on QBA (qualitative behavioral analysis).

Document Types: Scientific paper

Animal categories: Ovines

Keywords:Animal adaptation to environment, Animal-based measurement, Animal trade, Welfare indicators, Transport, Behavioral disorders

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Colloque BOW : Le bâtiment d’élevage, point de rencontre entre l’homme et l’animal

Yannick Ramonet, Frédéric Kergourlay, Vanessa Lollivier

Published in 2024

Conference proceedings from the BOW symposium co-organized by the BATICE and One Welfare RMTs on February 14 and 15, 2024 in Rennes.

Document Types: Technical review

Animal categories: Bovines, Caprines, Equines, Ovines, Porcines, Poultry

Keywords:Animal adaptation to environment, Animal-based measurement, Animal housing, Aggression, Aggressiveness, Enrichment, Housing, One Welfare, Human-animal relationship, Animal welfare indicators, Behavioral disorders, Education, Precision farming, Societal issues, Livestock housing, Livestock system

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The potential of pumice as a litter material and its influence on growth performance, carcass parameters, litter quality traits, behavior, and welfare in broiler chickens

Duman, M., Şekeroğlu, A. & Tainika, B

Published in 2024

Scientific study showing the potential of pumice as a bedding material to improve the zootechnical performance, behavior and welfare of broiler chickens. The article concludes that acid pumice, either on its own or mixed with wood shavings, would provide a reliable litter material, replacing wood shavings.

Document Types: Scientific paper

Animal categories: Poultry

Keywords: Carcass quality, Animal-based measurement, Animaladaptation, Enrichment, Housing, Behavioural disorders, Welfare indicators.

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Assessing Giraffe Welfare During Seasonal Habitat Changes in Northern US Zoos

Razal, C., Bryant, J., & Miller, L.

Published in 2024

Multi-criteria study of behavioral observations, hormonal monitoring and decubitus rates as a means to assess giraffe welfare, comparing summer outdoor habitats and winter indoor quarters at several zoological institutions. The results suggest that housing giraffes indoors does not compromise their welfare, since positive effects were observed in both indoor and outdoor surroundings.

Document Types: Scientific paper

Animal categories:Wildlife, Ruminants

Keywords:Animal adaptation to environment, Animal-based measurement, Livestock buildings, Welfare indicators, Housing, Living environment

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Catcalls: exotic cats discriminate the voices of familiar caregivers

Crews T, Vonk J, McGuire M.

Published in 2024

Scientific study on whether undomesticated Felidae species recognize familiar human voices by exposing them to audio playbacks of familiar and unfamiliar humans using the cats' names and measuring the latency, intensity and duration of the cats' responses. The results suggest that close human contact rather than domestication is associated with the ability to distinguish between human voices, and that less social species may have socio-cognitive abilities similar to those of more gregarious species.

Document Types: Scientific paper

Animal categories: Felines

Keywords:Animal-based measurement, Human-animal relationship, Socialization, Vocalisation

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Indicator factsheets (EURCAW-Poultry-SFA)

EURCAW-Poultry-SFA

Published in 2024

Technical data sheets published by EURCAW-Poultry-SFA containing the main indicators for the assessment of the state of consciousness of broilers and turkeys, the "iceberg" indicators to assess severe pecking, feather cleanliness, foot pad dermatitis in broilers and leg lesions at slaughter in laying hens.

Document Types: Guides to Good Practice

Animal categories: Poultry

Keywords:Animal adaptation to environment, Aggression, Animal-based measurement, Pain, Education, Euthanasia, Welfare indicators, Mutilation, Vocalisation

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La douleur et la souffrance des poissons sont-elles suffisamment considérées en aquaculture et pêche ?

Marie-Laure Bégout

Published in 2024

Article following on from the FRCAW report on the slaughter of farmed fish. Ifremer reviews the capacity of fish to feel pain, their legal status, and appropriate slaughter methods. Making pre-slaughter stunning compulsory in France would require investment and an overhaul of the way businesses organize their work, but other countries such as Norway have already done so.

Document types: Technical Paper

Animal categories: Fish

Keywords:Animal-based measurement, Brain integration, Euthanasia, Experimentation, Pain, Maltreatment, Stress, Societal issues

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Ad libitum feeding systems for lactating sows: effects on productivity and welfare of sows and piglets

Sarah C. Gorr, Christine Leeb, Werner Zollitsch, Christoph Winckler, Thomas D. Parsons

Published in 2024

Scientific article evaluating the effects of three ad libitum feeding systems on the productivity and welfare of suckling sows. Results show that sows fed ad libitum convert feed more efficiently for better piglet growth without additional weight loss. With these systems, sows spend more time feeding, which would meet the pigs' behavioral need to forage.

Document Types: Scientific paper

Animal categories: Porcines

Keywords:Animal adaptation to environment, Animal-based measurement, Welfare indicators, Behavioral disorders

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Fowl language: AI is learning to analyze chicken communications to help us understand what all the clucking's about

Suresh Neethirajan

Published in 2024

Popular science article on the benefits of an AI tool to interpret the complex vocal linguistic system used by chickens. Combined with an analysis of non-vocal cues, the tool would make it possible to understand the birds' emotional states. This interpretation of different chicken vocalizations could lead to improved farming practices and a change in how we view our relationship with animals.

Document Types: Scientific paper

Animal categories: Poultry

Keywords:Animal-based measurement, Precision farming, Human-animal relationship, Vocalisation

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The behavior and welfare of neglected species: some examples from fish and mammals

Bukhari SSUH, Parkes RSV, Sneddon LU, McElligott AG

Published in 2024

Synthesis of concepts and methods for assessing animal welfare through the study of behavior, illustrated by work on certain "neglected" species (buffalo, camels, donkeys, mules and lumpfish). The authors conclude that there is an extreme lack of balance in the species generally studied in research on animal welfare.

Document Types: Scientific review

Animal categories:Cattle, Camelids, Equines, Fish, Ruminants

Keywords:Animal adaptation to environment, Animal-based measurement, Working animals, Welfare indicator, Animal mediation, Behavioral disorders

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