DOI: /10.5513/JCEA01/13.1.1031

Original scientific paper

OPINIONS EXPRESSED BY CATTLE BREEDERS ON HUMAN-ANIMAL RELATIONS AND THE CONDITIONS IN WHICH ANIMALS ARE KEPT

2012, 13 (1)   p. 177-187

Beata SITKOWSKA, DARIUSZ Piwczyński, BOGNA KOWALISZYN, Mateusz MROWIŃSKI

Abstract

The survey included 69 Polish farmers running private farms which focus on cattle breeding. Based on the survey results, and answers given by dairy and beef cattle breeders, it was found that the majority of respondents present the right attitude towards animals, and that they understand the influence of the person being in charge of a herd on the behaviour of animals and production results. The majority of the surveyed breeders continue to keep their cattle in stall barns, with more than 70% believing that this system provides good conditions for animals, and approximately 10% believe this is the best system possible. Approximately 80% of breeders is of the opinion that the animal housing system used has an effect on the condition of animals’ legs. The majority of breeders say that their animals are kept in either good or very good environmental conditions.

Keywords

cattle breeding, human-animal relations, environmental conditions, welfare

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