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A Comparison of Three Animal Welfare Assessment Programs on Canadian Swine Farms

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dc.contributor.advisor Widowski, Tina Roberts, Ashley Nicole 2014-01-02T17:57:53Z 2014-01-02T17:57:53Z 2013-12 2013-12-16 2014-01-02
dc.description.abstract Standard measures used in animal welfare assessments include animal-based measures obtained by observing animals, resource-based measures obtained by observing facilities, and management-based measures obtained by interviewing farmers and checking records. Animal welfare assessments are composed of a variety of measures and can be very different from each other. The objectives of the research presented in this thesis were to investigate inter-observer reliability of three swine welfare assessment programs (ACA™, PQA Plus®, and Welfare Quality®), and to determine the concordance of rankings across the 3 assessments. All assessments and all types of measures were found to be highly reliable. Moderate concordance was found for the rankings of farms across all three assessments. The lowest ranked farms were correlated, indicating that all assessments identified the farms with the lowest levels of animal welfare. Results of this study can be used to identify the best measures and revise current on-farm animal welfare assessments. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Canadian Swine Research and Development Cluster, a Growing Canadian Agri-Innovation Program – Canadian Agri-Science Cluster Initiative of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC); and the Ontario Pork Council en_US
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dc.subject Animal Welfare en_US
dc.subject Swine en_US
dc.subject Animal Welfare Assessments en_US
dc.subject Animal-Based Measures en_US
dc.subject Resource-Based Measures en_US
dc.subject Management-Based Measures en_US
dc.subject ACA™ en_US
dc.subject PQA Plus® en_US
dc.subject Welfare Quality® en_US
dc.title A Comparison of Three Animal Welfare Assessment Programs on Canadian Swine Farms en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Animal and Poultry Science en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Animal and Poultry Science en_US
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