There has been a lot written about animal welfare in intensive farming systems, but very little about animals reared in extensive agricultural systems. Yet these animals make up a significant proportion of the world’s farm animal population, covering a large portion of the globe. Animals kept in extensive conditions face a unique set of challenges that are vital for anyone with an interest in farm animal welfare to understand.
Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems presents those challenges in a practical way, backed up with thoroughly referenced research. Topics covered include heat stress, water quality and availability, nutrition, predation, poisonous plants, transport, human-animal interactions, and neonatal mortality.
This book is ideal for animal welfare academics, students and researchers. It can also be beneficial to students in animal science, veterinary science and agriculture and to farm industry producers and personnel.
The Animal Welfare Series covers current topics in animal welfare, to further research and inform the scientific, policy-making and farming communities.
About the contributors
Juan J. Villalba is the editor of the book and Associate Professor at the Wildland Resources Department, Utah State University, USA.
Xavier Manteca is the editor of 5m’s Animal Welfare series and a member of the School of Veterinary Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.