The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
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Wednesday, May 16 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Effects of human behaviour on welfare and productivity outcomes for livestock

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In intensive livestock production, frequent interactions occur between humans and animals. The principle that supervising and managing animals affects farm animal welfare is widely recognised within the livestock industries. However, some aspects of the way in which the stockperson affects animal welfare, both directly and indirectly, is probably not fully appreciated. Although the duration of contact between farm animals and their caretakers may be short, there is evidence that these interactions can significantly affect pig welfare and productivity. Further, together with the opportunity to perform their tasks well, stockpeople require a range of well-developed husbandry skills and knowledge to effectively care for and manage farm animals. Data from the livestock industries has been used to develop a model of the sequential relationships between farmers attitudes, their behaviour towards their animals and the effects on productivity and welfare of the animals.


Grahame Coleman

University of Melbourne

Wednesday May 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Plaza P1 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre