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Visual assessment of body condition and skin soiling in cattle by professionals and undergraduate students using photo slides

Staaf Larsson, Birgitta and Petersson, Erik and Steen, Margareta and Hultgren, Jan (2021). Visual assessment of body condition and skin soiling in cattle by professionals and undergraduate students using photo slides. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A - Animal Science. 70 , 31-40
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We aimed to study to what extent body condition and skin soiling in cattle are rated differently depending on the profession, education and professional experience of assessors. Data were collected at 15 group-training sessions in the years 2009-2016. Totally, 569 persons; Swedish animal welfare inspectors, veterinarians/advisers, animal welfare scientists, other animal professionals as well as undergraduate students in animal science rated a set of 6-40 photos with respect to animal body condition, animal skin soiling, and recommended corrective action in response to perceived animal soiling. The more extensive animal science education, the less prone animal welfare inspectors were to give higher body condition scores. Students had a higher overall probability of rating the degree of soiling higher than the animal welfare inspectors and veterinarians/advisers. Students also recommended stricter corrective actions than did welfare inspectors and veterinarians/advisers, and veterinarians/advisers recommended less strict actions than animal welfare inspectors.

Authors/Creators:Staaf Larsson, Birgitta and Petersson, Erik and Steen, Margareta and Hultgren, Jan
Title:Visual assessment of body condition and skin soiling in cattle by professionals and undergraduate students using photo slides
Series Name/Journal:Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A - Animal Science
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:70
Page range:31-40
Number of Pages:10
Publisher:TAYLOR AND FRANCIS AS
ISSN:0906-4702
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:Animal welfare, body condition, cattle, cleanliness, interactive audience response, skin soiling
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109385
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109385
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1080/09064702.2020.1849380
Web of Science (WoS)000592295700001
ID Code:22716
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(VH) > SCAW Nationellt centrum för djurvälfärd
(VH) > Dept. of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry
(NL, NJ) > Department of Aquatic Resources
(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
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Deposited On:08 Mar 2021 14:08
Metadata Last Modified:08 Mar 2021 14:11

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