Veterinary perspectives on cattle welfare challenges and solutions

Ventura, B.A., Weary, D.M., Giovanetti, A.S. and von Keyserlingk, M.A.G. (2016) Veterinary perspectives on cattle welfare challenges and solutions. Livestock Science, 193 . pp. 95-102. ISSN 1871-1413

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Livestock veterinarians have important roles in advancing animal welfare on farms. In the present study, focus groups were used to engage dairy and beef cattle veterinarians and veterinary researchers based primarily in Europe. Discussions were structured to elicit perceptions of welfare issues on cattle farms, as well as the challenges and desired solutions for change. Discussions were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim and content analysis was used to identify participants’ views on animal welfare challenges and solutions. Participants held multi-dimensional conceptions of animal welfare that included animal health, pain and distress, and behaviour. When asked to discuss animal welfare challenges, participants focused on five primary themes: animal welfare definition and assessment, economic barriers, and farmer, veterinarian, and researcher-related challenges. Participants envisioned the following overarching solutions: 1) research to develop better animal welfare assessment, 2) motivating increased adherence to standards via either voluntary incentives or mandatory regulations, and 3) increased communication linkages between stakeholders, primarily in the form of education to farmers and veterinarians.

Keywords:engagement, consultation, sustainability, farming, dairy cow, beef cattle
Subjects:L Social studies > L990 Social studies not elsewhere classified
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D328 Animal Welfare
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D420 Livestock
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:49699
Deposited On:07 Jun 2022 13:13

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