Veterinary perspectives on cattle welfare challenges and solutions

B. A. Ventura, D. M. Weary, A. S. Giovanetti, M. A.G. von Keyserlingk

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-102
Number of pages8
JournalLivestock Science
Volume193
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Animal Welfare
animal welfare
Veterinarians
veterinarians
cattle
researchers
Research Personnel
farmers
farms
focus groups
Livestock
distress
communication (human)
Focus Groups
animal health
beef cattle
stakeholders
dairy cattle
Motivation
pain

Keywords

  • Beef cattle
  • Consultation
  • Dairy cow
  • Engagement
  • Farming
  • Sustainability

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Veterinary perspectives on cattle welfare challenges and solutions. / Ventura, B. A.; Weary, D. M.; Giovanetti, A. S.; von Keyserlingk, M. A.G.

In: Livestock Science, Vol. 193, 01.11.2016, p. 95-102.

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Ventura, B. A. ; Weary, D. M. ; Giovanetti, A. S. ; von Keyserlingk, M. A.G. / Veterinary perspectives on cattle welfare challenges and solutions. In: Livestock Science. 2016 ; Vol. 193. pp. 95-102.
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