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A comparative study of the application of two horse welfare assessment protocols

Viksten, Sofie and Visser, E. Kathalijne and Blokhuis, Harry (2016). A comparative study of the application of two horse welfare assessment protocols. Acta agriculturae Scandinavica. Section A, Animal science. 66:1, 56-65
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Abstract

Two assessment protocols for horse welfare were compared: the Swedish official protocol (OP) and a newly developed horse welfare assessment protocol (HWAP). The protocols differ in composition: the HWAP contains 20 animal-based (35.7%), 28 resource-based (50.0%) and 8 management-based (14.3%) measures whereas the OP has 4 animal-based (8.9%), 21-resource-based (46.7%), 16-management-based (35.6%) and 4-uncategorized measures (8.9%). The HWAP detected more welfare issues than the OP for 11 out of 12 welfare criteria. The OP took less time to assess (2-4h) compared to the HWAP (3h 20min to 8h 40min). The added level of detail and more animal-based measures means that the HWAP provides a more thorough assessment of welfare of the individual animal than the OP.

Authors/Creators:Viksten, Sofie and Visser, E. Kathalijne and Blokhuis, Harry
Title:A comparative study of the application of two horse welfare assessment protocols
Series/Journal:Acta agriculturae Scandinavica. Section A, Animal science (0906-4702)
Year of publishing :2016
Volume:66
Number:1
Page range:56-65
Number of Pages:10
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0906-4702
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 403 Veterinary Science > Other Veterinary Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Agrovoc terms:animal welfare, Equus caballus, assessment
Keywords:Animal-based measures, assessment guidance, equine welfare, legislation, welfare officers
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3765
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3765
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Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000381583200007
DOI10.1080/09064702.2016.1186726
ID Code:13826
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:08 Nov 2016 07:13
Metadata Last Modified:08 Jun 2017 23:15

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