The performance of farm animal assessment

Roe, E., Buller, H. and Bull, J. (2011) The performance of farm animal assessment. Animal Welfare, 20, (1), 69-78.


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This paper argues that the current drive towards greater use of animal-based measures for welfare assessment raises important issues for how farm visits by welfare assessors are performed. As social scientists, we employ a number of contemporary social science ideas to offer a new approach to examining the practice and performance of farm animal assessment. We identify key findings from a recent study of contemporary farm assessment and speculate upon what some of the challenges of introducing animal-based measures may be. We conclude by arguing for a greater awareness of how sets of knowledge are made, circulated, practiced and become an integral component of the procedures, practices and discourses around farm animal welfare assessment in farm assurance

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0962-7286 (print)
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Keywords: animal-based measures, animal welfare, assessment, assurance schemes, farm inspections, practice
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography
ePrint ID: 177863
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
February 2011Published
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2011 14:57
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:34
Integration of animal welfare in the food quality chain: from public concern to improved welfare and transparent quality (WELFARE QUALITY)
Funded by: European Commission - FP6 (506508)
1 May 2004 to 31 December 2009

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