Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

p. 196-205

Effects of human-animal relationship on animal productivity and welfare

Mota-Rojas, DanielBroom, Donald MauriceOrihuela, AgustínVelarde, AntonioNapolitano, FabioAlonso-Spilsbury, María

This is a literature review of the effects of humans' relationships with farm animals on animal productivity andwelfare, including the following topics: definition of the concept and description of different tests that have beendeveloped to measure human-animal relationship (HAR). Temperament and tameness, which have been considered as farm animal characteristics that are important in HAR, as are stockperson attitudes. Some international farm animal welfare protocols are also described, together with negative andpositive stimuli that affect farm animal welfare and productivity. In addition to some factors affecting the qualityof HAR. We conclude that even with improved precision farming and automation: a) a good HAR is still fundamental to improve farm animal welfare with associated health andproduction benefits and b) with the numerous tests assessing fear of humans, many are not commercially applicable.(AU)

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