Reliability of indicators of sheep welfare assessed by a group observation method.

@article{Phythian2012ReliabilityOI,
  title={Reliability of indicators of sheep welfare assessed by a group observation method.},
  author={Clare J Phythian and Peter J S Cripps and Eleni Michalopoulou and Phillip H. Jones and D Grove-White and M. Clarkson and Agnes C Winter and Lesley A Stubbings and Jennifer Sarah Duncan},
  journal={Veterinary journal},
  year={2012},
  volume={193 1},
  pages={257-63}
}
Assessments of animal-based outcomes form the core of routine veterinary clinical examinations and are being increasingly used as indicators of animal welfare. A method of group observation that did not require gathering and handling of individual sheep, was used to assess eight animal-based indicators of sheep welfare: demeanour, skin irritation, wool loss, excessive panting, coughing, lameness, and cleanliness of the ventral abdominal and 'breech' (perineum/gluteal/caudal hindlimb) areas. The… CONTINUE READING
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