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Environmental Quality and Compliance with Animal Welfare Legislation at Swedish Cattle and Sheep Farms

Hultgren, Jan and Hiron, Matthew and Glimskär, Anders and Bokkers, Eddie A. M. and Keeling, Linda (2022). Environmental Quality and Compliance with Animal Welfare Legislation at Swedish Cattle and Sheep Farms. Sustainability. 14 :3 , 1095
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Abstract

Conflicts between different goals can obstruct progress in sustainability, but interests may also coincide. We evaluated relationships between environmental quality and animal welfare on Swedish farms with grazing livestock, using publicly available databases. Data were collected from 8700 official animal welfare inspections on 5808 cattle farms and 2823 inspections on 2280 sheep farms in 2012-2017. Compliance with three animal-based checkpoints was modeled using logistic regression, including a random farm effect to account for repeated inspections. Compliance was regressed on semi-natural grassland area, participation in the National Meadow and Pasture Inventory, Agri-Environmental Scheme (AES) grassland payments, presence of indicator plant species, and the presence of Natura 2000 habitats. Cattle farms complied more often if they received AES payments for grasslands of special values compared with if they did not apply for them (OR = 1.55-1.65; p <= 0.0001) and there was a similar tendency for cattle farms that applied for but were denied such payments (OR = 1.29; p = 0.074). There was also a strong tendency for Natura 2000 habitats on cattle farms to be associated with higher compliance (OR = 1.36; p = 0.059). These results suggest a direct or indirect causal effect of biodiversity on cattle welfare. The same associations could not be shown in sheep.

Authors/Creators:Hultgren, Jan and Hiron, Matthew and Glimskär, Anders and Bokkers, Eddie A. M. and Keeling, Linda
Title:Environmental Quality and Compliance with Animal Welfare Legislation at Swedish Cattle and Sheep Farms
Series Name/Journal:Sustainability
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:14
Number:3
Article number:1095
Number of Pages:14
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:biodiversity, farm animal, grassland, meat production, pasture, sustainability
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116392
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116392
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3390/su14031095
Web of Science (WoS)000759439200001
ID Code:27513
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:07 Apr 2022 12:06
Metadata Last Modified:07 Apr 2022 12:11

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