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Cattle welfare aspects of production systems in the tropics

Hernández, Adalinda and Galina, Carlos S. and Geffroy, Mariana and Jung, Jens and Westin, Rebecka and Berg, Charlotte (2022). Cattle welfare aspects of production systems in the tropics. Animal Production Science. 62 :13 , 1203-1218
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There is a growing demand for animal products, especially food for human consumption, including in developing countries in tropical regions of the world. Simultaneously, animal welfare and a reduced environmental impact are increasingly important to modern consumers and non-consumers. Increased efficiency of existing animal production systems is key to meeting the growing demand of animal products without ignoring societal concerns. Adequate animal welfare can play an important role in improving production and addressing consumer demands. This review describes the main cattle production systems in the tropics and considers how they meet the need for transparent animal welfare conditions. Several challenges to overcome are highlighted, including lack of information about the real cattle welfare status in the tropics. Adequate assessment protocols and improvements in animal nutrition, infrastructure, animal health and farming-related education need special attention in the region. Better animal welfare could improve tropical animal production in terms of productivity, and increase the volume of meat and milk delivered. It could also guarantee consumer acceptance and future consumption of animal products, secure incomes, alleviate poverty and reduce migration to urban areas and countryside abandonment.

Authors/Creators:Hernández, Adalinda and Galina, Carlos S. and Geffroy, Mariana and Jung, Jens and Westin, Rebecka and Berg, Charlotte
Title:Cattle welfare aspects of production systems in the tropics
Series Name/Journal:Animal Production Science
Year of publishing :2022
Page range:1203-1218
Number of Pages:16
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
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 > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Keywords:animal welfare, beef, Bos indicus, cow, dairy, developing countries, subsistence farming, welfare assessment
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ID Code:28619
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
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Deposited On:29 Aug 2022 08:25
Metadata Last Modified:29 Aug 2022 08:31

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