PSYCHIC STRESS AND ANIMAL WELFARE IN DAIRY CATTLE PRODUCTION

Published in Scientific Works. C Series. Veterinary Medicine, Vol. LVIII ISSUE 3
Written by Paraschivescu M, Paraschivescu M.Th.

The animal welfare, the animal protection organizations claim to be sustained, is treated as a psychical state induced by the psychic stress. Understanding of animal psychic stress requires a sensible treatment of the knowledge concerning the brain physiology. The answers to stress differ with the species, the breed, the category, the physiological state and the nervous type of the individuals. In dairy cattle psychical stress may cause alterations of the animal welfare associated with poor health and conducting to financial losses and lower labor productivity. But it is very difficult to appreciate how costly is dairy cows to experience the psychical stress. There are also claims that the organic synthesis taking place under stress condition is resulting in undesirable components for a safe human food. So, some causes of psychic stress and the way to avoid it in dairy cattle are discussed. It is concluded that animal welfare in dairy production is more a veterinary medicine question than a humanitarian one.

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Paraschivescu M, Paraschivescu M.Th. 2012, PSYCHIC STRESS AND ANIMAL WELFARE IN DAIRY CATTLE PRODUCTION. Scientific Works. C Series. Veterinary Medicine, Vol. LVIII ISSUE 3, PRINT ISSN 1222-5304, 194-203.


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