Special Issue "Lameness in Livestock"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019
Dr. Jennifer Duncan
Lameness represents an intractable challenge for the livestock production industry; it seriously compromises the efficiency of livestock production systems and poses a threat to food security. More importantly, lameness is a serious animal welfare concern affecting all of the ‘five freedoms’. Apart from the obvious implication with ‘freedom from pain, injury or disease’, lameness can also compromise animals’ freedom from hunger (lameness in dairy cattle has been shown to lead to decreased dry matter intake), freedom from discomfort, freedom to express normal behaviour (it is for example known that lame animals are less likely to express normal oestrus behaviour), and freedom from fear and distress. Unfortunately, several studies suggest that the prevalence of lameness is still high among many different livestock species. With the problem commonly encountered, both producers and their advisors are at risk of becoming habituated to it. In addition, implementing lameness control measures is often difficult in practice, not least because the benefits of taking action may not be fully realised for months or even years. There is, therefore, an urgent need to advance our abilities to facilitate the human behaviour changes needed to tackle this complex disease and studies addressing this need will be particularly welcomed in this Special Issue. Original research that will further our understanding of the aetiopathogenesis, the epidemiology and the genetic background of lameness causing diseases is also welcomed. Systematic reviews of pertinent topics will also be considered for publication.
Prof. George Oikonomou
Dr. Helen Higgins
Dr. Jennifer Duncan
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- Behaviour change
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