Updates Housing, Husbandry, and Welfare of Beef Cattle, 1995
Watering cattle and providing shelter are two important ways to help keep them cooler
and less stressed during heat waves. Photo by Keith Weller, USDA, ARS, Photo Library.
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An Overview of Current Beef Welfare Concerns by James W. Oltjen, Ph.D. and Frank M. Mitloehner, Ph.D.
Behavior / Breeding / Feeding / General / Health / Housing
Husbandry / Legislation / Production Systems and Management
Reproduction / Slaughter / Transport
The editor gratefully acknowledges James Oltjen, Ph.D, and Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Extension Specialists with Department of Animal Science, University of California, for their expert review and written introduction to this publication.Special thanks to D’Anna Jensen for the cover design, final editing, formatting, and printing of this publication. Her role in guiding this publication to completion is greatly appreciated.
The Animal Welfare Information Center acknowledges CAB International and CABI Publishing, a leading international, not-for-profit publisher in applied life sciences, including animal science, nutrition, integrated crop management, plant sciences and forestry, for the use of more than sixty abstracts from the CAB Abstracts database. More information on CABI Publishing and CAB International is available at http://www.cabi.org
publication is divided into three major sections: Introduction, Bibliography,
and Website Resources. A section containing National Agricultural Library Document
Delivery Information for U.S. and foreign patrons and a subject Index follows
introduction to this document was written jointly by James Oltjen, Ph.D, and
Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Extension Specialists with Department of Animal Science,
University of California. They have reviewed and summarized the latest research regarding the care and welfare of today’s beef cattle and provided
comments on critical areas of concern.
extensive bibliography categorized into eleven subject subsections covering
all aspects of beef cattle care, husbandry, health, and welfare comprise this
section of the publication. Citations were selected from searches conducted
using a variety of agricultural, medical, and life science databases. Within
a subject category citations are arranged alphabetically according to the last
name of the primary author. Each citation is listed with a set of keywords that
describe useful information about the entry. If a citation is listed from a
publication available through the National Agricultural Library (NAL) a NAL
call number has been included. Entries were included with publications dates
ranging from 1996-2003. Please note that citations
with a copyright notice are protected by U.S. and/or international copyright
laws and are used by special permission.
than forty annotated web site resources relating to the care, welfare, and housing
of beef cattle have been selected and listed alphabetically for convenience.
Resources selected cover: codes of practice, animal welfare requirements, housing,
disease, nutrition, and general husbandry information. World Wide Web addresses
are listed to access specialized databases, extension materials, and publications
produced by a variety of non-profit organizations. All resources are accessible
through the internet and are current as of September 2004. Readers are cautioned
as to the dynamic nature of the internet and the fact that addresses and content
are subject to change.
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