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Management and Welfare of Farm Animals: The UFAW Farm Handbook, 5th Edition

Management and Welfare of Farm Animals: The UFAW Farm Handbook, 5th Edition

John Webster (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-18174-7 April 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 614 Pages


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Through successive editions, Management and Welfare of Farm Animals has gained international recognition as a classic introductory textbook for students of agriculture and veterinary science. Conceived by the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), the book has always sought to promote the humane treatment of livestock within the practical business context of modern farming.

Now fully revised and updated, this fifth edition remains the most comprehensive and accessible guide available. Three animal groups appear here for the first time (game birds, South American camelids, and ostriches), and a chapter on horses has also been restored. Throughout, the book offers clear advice for the humane management of all major farmed species in the primary context of large-scale food production.

However, this edition also takes full account of consumer demand (and legal requirements) for alternative farming methods and enhanced welfare standards, whether in conventional agriculture or the smallest of ‘hobby' farms. Brand new chapters reflect fresh understanding of welfare science, ethics, and the role of society in ensuring the best possible farm conditions. It remains an indispensable resource for students, and for all those seeking to promote animal welfare.

Published as a part of the prestigious Wiley-Blackwell – UFAW Animal Welfare series. UFAW, founded 1926, is an internationally recognised, independent, scientific and educational animal welfare charity. For full details of all titles available in the UFAW series, please visit




Acronyms and abbreviations.

1 Husbandry and Animal Welfare (John Webster).

2 Behaviour as an Indicator of Animal Welfare (Christine Nicol).

3 Dairy Cattle (Jean Margerison).

4 Beef Cattle and Veal Calves (Bernadette Earley).

5 Sheep (Pete Goddard).

6 Pigs (Sandra Edwards).

7 Laying Hens (Graham Scott).

8 Broiler Chickens (Susan Haslam).

9 Goats (Alan Mowlem).

10 Red Deer (Alison Hanlon).

11 Horses and Donkeys (Helen (Becky) Whay).

12 Farmed Fish (Tony Wall).

13 South American Camelids (Cristian Bonacic).

14 Turkeys (Stephen Lister).

15 Ducks (Keith Gooderham).

16 Game Birds (David Welchman).

17 Ostrich (Fiona Benson).

18 Assessment, Implementation and Promotion of Farm Animal Welfare (David Main and John Webster).


“This book is unique in that it pulls together information and knowledge from a number of sources and provides valuable insights into how any particular species has been used over the years for production … The authors present all of this information in a very factual, thought-provoking manner.”  (Doody's, 25 May 2012)

  • a major update of the standard introductory textbook on farm animal husbandry and welfare
  • prepared on behalf of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, a leading world authority on animal welfare
  • focuses on the welfare implications of farm animal methods in both large commercial units and small hobby farms