The present study assessed fifteen Chianina breeding farms, evaluating on-farm animal welfare (housing conditions and stockmanship) using the ANI 35L method. Calves attained 21.9 ANI score, while Cows scored 28.9, due to different rearing techniques. In addition, by means of the ratio value between ANI result in each welfare category (Locomotion, Social interaction, Flooring, Light and air and Stockmanship) and the maximum obtainable ANI score in the same class, “Flooring” and “Stockmanship” showed the lowest values (Calves 0.30-0.50 and Cows 0.34-0.53, respectively), representing critical points for well-being (Gottardo et al., 2003). Therefore, in our study this approach symbolized a valid and simple way to focus on breeding problems in both structure and management, with the aim of improving the lives of animals on farm.

Animal welfare: critical control points in Chianina breeding

GIULIOTTI, LORELLA;BENVENUTI, MARIA NOVELLA
2005

Abstract

The present study assessed fifteen Chianina breeding farms, evaluating on-farm animal welfare (housing conditions and stockmanship) using the ANI 35L method. Calves attained 21.9 ANI score, while Cows scored 28.9, due to different rearing techniques. In addition, by means of the ratio value between ANI result in each welfare category (Locomotion, Social interaction, Flooring, Light and air and Stockmanship) and the maximum obtainable ANI score in the same class, “Flooring” and “Stockmanship” showed the lowest values (Calves 0.30-0.50 and Cows 0.34-0.53, respectively), representing critical points for well-being (Gottardo et al., 2003). Therefore, in our study this approach symbolized a valid and simple way to focus on breeding problems in both structure and management, with the aim of improving the lives of animals on farm.
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