The Welfare of Sheep by Cathy DwyerThe Welfare of Sheep by Cathy Dwyer

The Welfare of Sheep

EditorCathy Dwyer

Paperback | November 20, 2010

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The welfare of the sheep has received less attention than the welfare of intensively husbanded animals. However, domestic sheep may be kept under conditions that are very different from the environment in which wild sheep live, with adverse effects on their behaviour and welfare. This book, written by leading researchers from Europe and Australia, takes a multidisciplinary approach to focus on the specific welfare challenges facing the sheep.The book begins with a discussion of current welfare thinking and how this might be relevant to sheep husbandry. The adaptations of wild sheep to diverse environments, and how their behaviour and physiology has developed to deal with these conditions is described and compared to conditions in modern sheep husbandry. The varied welfare demands of disease, nutrition and metabolism, farming systems and management practices are then discussed by specialists in those areas. The book concludes by considering the economics of improved welfare, and by describing breeding goals and new challenges and opportunities for good sheep husbandry. This book will be of interest to students and academics in animal welfare, animal production, and veterinary medicine, and those with a particular interest in or concern for sheep.
Title:The Welfare of SheepFormat:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.03 inPublished:November 20, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9048179092

ISBN - 13:9789048179091

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Table of Contents

Series Preface. Preface. List of Contributors. 1. Introduction to animal welfare and the sheep; C. M. Dwyer, A. B. Lawrence. 2. Environment and the sheep: Breed adaptations and welfare implications; C. M. Dwyer. 3. Behaviour and the welfare of the sheep; R. Nowak et al. 4. Sheep senses, cognition and capacity for consciousness; K. M. Kendrick. 5. The impact of disease and disease prevention on welfare in sheep; P. A. Roger. 6. Farming systems for sheep production and their effect on welfare; R. J. Kilgour et al. 7. Nutrition and the welfare of sheep; J. P. Hogan et al. 8. The management of sheep; P. J. Goddard. 9. The economics of sheep welfare; C. E. Milne et al. 10. Sheep welfare: A future perspective; A. B. Lawrence, J. Conington. Index.

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews:"This contribution provides . intensive and extensive farming, and nomadic pastoralism, as well as the animal itself, including its history, evolution and ecology. Sheep have long been part of humanity . in The Welfare of Sheep reflects both the complexity and the importance of this relationship between man and animals. A superb and informative read, Dwyer and her colleagues offer students and teachers, researchers and regulators, farmers and citizens, an important and necessary resource, providing the context for whatever aspects they deem worthy of following." (M. W. Fisher, Animal Welfare, Vol. 18 (3), August, 2009)