Cattle Behaviour and Welfare
by Clive Phillips
Edition: 2nd., 2002
Cattle are one of our major domesticated animals, a higher mammal with complex mental and physical needs. The benefit of a knowledge of cattle behaviour means veterinarians and stockpeople can recognise abnormal behaviour signs for disease diagnosis and indication of an inadequate environment. This book replaces the book Cattle Behaviour, written by the same author and published by Farming Press in 1993. The text has been revised and updated and four new chapters on cattle welfare have been added. The main interest of many reading a book on behaviour is its relation to the welfare of the species, so the combination of welfare and behaviour is a logical one.
This book centers on the influence that human beings and transport systems have over the welfare of the cattle, and it gives us some cientific explanations for the conducts showed by the cattle.
Introduction to cattle welfare
The welfare of dairy cows
The welfare of beef cattle and draft oxen
The welfare of calves
The welfare of cattle during transport, marketing and slaughter
Environmental perception and cognition
Acquisition of behaviour and the use of selective breeding to improve welfare
Locomotion and movement
Behavioural adaptation to inadequate environments
The relationship between cattle and man