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Title: The welfare of extensively managed sheep: a survey identifying issues and indicators
Contributor(s): Doughty, Amanda (author); Coleman, Grahame (author); Hinch, Geoffrey (author)orcid ; Doyle, Rebecca (author)
Publication Date: 2016
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Abstract: A survey was designed as a first step in developing a framework for the welfare assessment and monitoring of extensively managed sheep in Australia with the aim of identifying potential causes of welfare compromise, useful welfare indicators and current monitoring practices. The survey was developed and conducted online using Survey Monkey. It was distributed to contacts in industry, research institutions/universities, government agricultural organisations, the RSPCA and social media outlets. Participants were asked between 14 and 26 questions that varied from scaled (1-5) to open ended. A range of 20 welfare issues were provided for consideration including thermal comfort and painful procedures. A total of 952 people completed the survey in its entirety, representing four stakeholder groups: Public (53.6%), Producer (27.4%), Scientist (9.9%), and Service provider (9.1%). Descriptive statistics, principle components analysis, restricted maximum likelihood analysis and Pearson's correlations were conducted.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: ISAE 2016: 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Edinburgh, Scotland, 12th - 15th July, 2016
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology. Past and Future: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, p. 312-312
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers
Place of Publication: The Netherlands
Field of Research (FOR): 070207 Humane Animal Treatment
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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