Cattle Behaviour & Welfare, Second Edition
Clive Phillips, BSC, MA, PhD
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

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This is actually a very interesting book. The earlier publication on cattle behavior was written primarily for farmers and students of farming systems. This book has evolved into a text directly relating to the welfare-animal behavior connection. A wide range of research findings are brought together from all over the world and presented concisely and readably. The ability to recognize abnormal behavior signs in cattle will help veterinarians and stockyard personnel diagnose disease and counteract the effects of an inadequate environment. This second edition has been expanded to include four new chapters on cattle welfare, in addition to comprehensive scientific explanations for cattle behaviors.

With the push to increase cattle production, the complex mental and physical needs of these animals are sometimes overlooked. An attempt to evaluate the welfare of cattle in a system of high production must begin with the perception of the system, progress to the choice of components of the system, and end with a description of the behavioral reaction of cattle to the system.

The Introduction to Cattle Welfare covers the basics of the rights of cattle and the quality of care they receive. Moral issues are included in this section. I looked for a section on pain management during castration because of recent postings on VIN on this topic; the author discusses pain levels involved in different methods of castration and recommends a local anesthetic, but does not make rules.

The book discusses welfare in depth. The behavior of cattle and how it relates to their sensory skills is approached from many directions. The topics are varied, including nutrition (hunger and malnutrition), housing and pasture, methods of learning, breeding for improved welfare, ethical considerations as relates to animal breeding and animal welfare, play behavior, social interaction, environmental factors affecting feeding behavior, resting and sleeping behavior, and behavioral needs and problems.

Printed by Blackwell Publishing and distributed by Blackwell Publishing (2002).

Soft cover, 264 pages, liberally illustrated with photos and drawings.

ISBN-10: 0-632-05645-2.

ISBN-13: 9780632056453.


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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
 
* Bovine Anatomy 1st Ed.
 
* Technique LA Surgery 3rd Ed.
 
Goat Science and Production
 
LA Neurology 2nd Ed.
 
Practical Atlas of Ruminant and Camelid Reproductive (VSPN Review)
 
Practical Ruminant US
 
Viral Diseases Cattle 2nd Ed.
 
You are here* Cattle Behav. Welfare 2nd Ed.
 
* Guide Regional Anatomy Goat
 
* LA Int. Med. 3rd Ed.
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: March 4, 2003

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