Elsevier B.V

Elsevier B.V

Advances in Cattle Welfare


Advances in Cattle Welfare provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary issues in dairy and beef cattle welfare research. The volume takes a novel approach, with the animal’s perspective in mind when, for instance, considering housing systems or feeding practices. Opening with an overview of cattle production systems, the book covers the three major areas of cattle welfare research: on-farm welfare assessment, behavioral priorities of cattle and novel perspectives on current production issues. Chapters examine the key issues within each area.

Authors / Editors:

With its distinguished editors and international team of contributors, the book is a standard reference for welfare research scientists and students, practicing vets involved in welfare assessment, and anyone with a professional interest in the welfare of cattle.

The book is an essential part of the wider ranging series with coverage of cattle, pigs, poultry and aquaculture. 

Table of Contents

1. Overview of cattle production systems

Part I: Cattle welfare assessment

2. Assessment of cattle welfare: comparison of parameters

3. On-farm welfare risk assessment and management

4. Human animal-interactions: challenges and ways forward

Part II: Behavioral priorities in cattle, including all age classes and breeds (dairy and beef)

5. Grazing, feeding, and movement

6. Rest

7. Social contact

Part III: Novel perspectives on current challenges in dairy and beef production

8. Disease and injury: beyond current thinking about top causes of morbidity

9. Providing pain relief: future questions for common procedures

10. Metabolic challenge: how does it affect welfare?

Part IV: Summary of highlights from the book and how it will be used going forward

11. Conclusions

Key Features

  • Brings together top researchers in the field to provide a comprehensive overview of recent advances in the understanding of cattle welfare and management
  • Analyzes welfare issues for both dairy and beef cattle of all ages
  • Examines the issues from the perspective of what will be most important for the animal’s overall welfare, from housing systems to feeding


Welfare research scientists, as well as postgraduate students, Practicing vets involved in welfare assessment, NGOs interested in welfare assurance

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