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Title Advances in sheep welfare / edited by Drewe M. Ferguson, Caroline Lee, Andrew Fisher
Published Duxford, United Kingdom : Woodhead Publishing is an imprint of Elsevier, ©2017
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series Woodhead Publishing series in food science, technology and nutrition
Advances in farm animal welfare series
Woodhead Publishing in food science, technology, and nutrition.
Advances in farm animal welfare series
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Contributors; Preface; Introduction; Part One -- Introduction to Sheep Welfare; 1 -- Understanding the natural behaviour of sheep; Highly selective herbivores; Social factors; Highly selective in food choices; Followers, fearful and gregarious; Follower behaviours; Social dominance; Fearful and gregarious; Undemonstrative; Conclusions; References; 2 -- Overview of sheep production systems; International perspectives in sheep production: differences in systems and welfare risks; World sheep numbers and production; Sheep production systems
Welfare risks in different systemsTraditional, extensive and intensive sheep production systems; Traditional systems; Extensive systems; United Kingdom sheep systems; Uruguayan sheep production systems; New Zealand sheep industry; Australian sheep systems; Intensive dairy systems; Future trends in sheep production; Decline in pastoralism; Meat versus wool; Increased fertility; Genomic selection; Labour will become difficult; Labour saving technologies; Large scale sheep milk production systems and intensification to indoor feeding systems; Conclusions; References
3 -- Consumer and societal expectations for sheep productsThe nature of public perceptions; Public attitudes and consumption of sheep products; Meat; Fibre; Community behaviour; Impact of public attitudes on the livestock industries; Producer practices; Mortality; Confinement; Transport; Farmer attitudes; Licence to farm; Influence on regulators and legislators; Industry responses; Conclusions; References; Further reading; Part Two -- New Advances in Sheep Welfare Assessment; 4 -- Sheep cognition and its implications for welfare; Cognitive capacities of sheep; Spatial navigation
Social cognition and learningExecutive decision-making; Inferential reasoning; Sense of self; Stress and cognitive processing; Learning and expectations; Cognitive biases; Judgement bias; Long-term treatments; Short-term treatments; Neurobiological investigations; Existing issues and future directions; Attention bias; Implications for welfare; References; 5 -- New physiological measures of the biological cost of responding to challenges; Introduction; The classical responses to challenge and the associated indicators of welfare; The hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis
The sympatho-adrenal systemNew physiological indicators; Thermal-based markers; Body temperature; Infrared thermography (IRT); Stress-induced hyperthermia; Physiological indicators of brain activity; Neurochemical signals; Heart rate and heart rate variability; Electroencephalography; Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET); Functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNRS or fNIRS); Metabolic indicators; Indicators from the immune system; Biomechanical markers; Interpreting physiological indicators; Conclusions; References
Part Three -- Current and Future Solutions to Sheep Welfare Challenges
Summary Advances in Sheep Welfare examines the recent advances made in sheep welfare assessment, handling and management, providing state-of-the-art coverage of the welfare needs of one of the world's most widely farmed animals. The book begins with an introduction to sheep welfare in Part One, with chapters covering biology and natural behavior, sheep production systems, and consumer and societal expectations for sheep products. Part Two goes on to highlight new advances in sheep welfare assessment, before Part Three outlines a wide range of solutions to sheep welfare challenges. The final section looks ahead to the future, considering what sheep welfare will look like in 2030 and beyond. This book is an essential part of the wider ranging series Advances in Farm Animal Welfare, with coverage of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. With its expert editors and international team of contributors, Advances in Sheep Welfare is a key reference tool for welfare research scientists and students, veterinarians involved in welfare assessment, and indeed anyone with a professional interest in the welfare of sheep. Brings together top researchers in the field to provide a comprehensive overview of recent advances in the understanding of sheep welfare and managementPresents part of a wider series, Advances in Agricultural Animal Welfare, which provides comprehensive coverage of animal welfare of the world's major farmed animalsHighlights current advances and looks ahead to how sheep welfare management will develop in the next ten to fifteen years
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (ScienceDirect, viewed August 23, 2017)
Subject Sheep.
Animal welfare.
Sheep, Domestic
Animal Welfare
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Agriculture -- Animal Husbandry.
Animal welfare.
Form Electronic book
Author Ferguson, Drewe, editor
Lee, Caroline, editor
Fisher, Andrew, editor
ISBN 9780081007273