Farm Animal Well-Being : Stress Physiology, Animal Behavior and Environmental Design / Edition 1

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A complete reference source on a wide range of issues and specifications related to animal care, facilities and management systems, this timely and practical guide offers readers a better understanding of the basic principles of environmental stress and its impacts on both the physical and mental states of farm animals. Discusses the broad range of environmental needs of animals, how these needs are met, and why providing an adequate environment is critical to animal well-being as well as economics in animal enterprises. Offers a concise review of considerations relating to public and industry concerns about farm animal care and well-being, and includes an overview of historical aspects of the animal welfare issue. Examines characteristics of stressful environments and how these may impact animal well-being, and provides extensive coverage of both theoretical and applied fundamentals in relation to physical, dietary, and social needs of major species of farm animals. For professionals serving the farm animal sector
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Argues that all cows should be as contented as Bessy, not just because they will produce more and be cheaper to keep under control, but also to enhance the entire range of interaction between humans and the animals they keep. Explains the basic needs animals must have in order to maintain a general state of well-being; stressors typically presenting a challenge to that well-being and the biology of the stress response; and behavioral characteristics and how they relate to elements of the physical, dietary, and social environment. Most of the treatment is general, with examples from various species, but a section on designing physical and dietary environments considers the major farm animals one by one. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136602002
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 5/27/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 357
  • Product dimensions: 7.21 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Animal Well-Being: The Issue 3
Ch. 2 Biology of the Stress Response: Stressors and Control of Response Systems 27
Ch. 3 Biology of the Stress Response: Physiology and Function 50
Ch. 4 Control of Behavior 91
Ch. 5 Types of Animal Behavior 125
Ch. 6 Design Characteristics of the Physical Environment 205
Ch. 7 Design Characteristics of the Dietary Environment 251
Ch. 8 Designing the Social Environment of Animals 308
Glossary 321
References 333
Index 347
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