Human-Livestock Interactions:

Human-Livestock Interactions:

ISBN: 9780851991955
Publisher: CABI
Edition: First
Publication Date: 1998-01-03
Number of pages: 176
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In the twentieth century, great improvements have been made in terms of animal genetics, reproduction, nutrition, health and housing, but the effects of the stockperson-animal relationship on the performance and welfare of livestock is an area which hitherto has been neglected or even ignored by scientists. However, recent research has highlighted this aspect of animal husbandry and has enabled considerable progress to be made in understanding its importance. This book is unique in summarising the behavioural theories and results of research on human-animal interactions, and their implications in agriculture, in a manner accessible to all those with an interest in the topic. They are used to provide a rationale for training and selection programmes for managing these interactions in the animal industries in order to improve productivity and animal welfare. The aim is to stimulate interest amongst researchers and increase awareness amongst industry staff of the possibilities for the simultaneous improvement of performance and animal welfare in a climate of ever-increasing consumer concern. The book is written by leading research workers in this field. It is essential reading for researchers in animal production, applied psychologists, ethologists, veterinary scientists and animal welfare professionals, and farm managers responsible for selecting and training staff. It will also will be a valuable source of material for lecturers and students of animal science, psychology and veterinary science.

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