Bentley abstract: Pain management in livestock: understanding the views of producers and veterinarians
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Treatment of pain is an important part of livestock management. In the UK, various pain management options are available. Yet, despite this and a historical emphasis on animal wellbeing, use of pain relief for livestock is perceived to be limited. This presentation will: i) assess the evidence regarding how much livestock producers actually use pain relief and ii) discuss the contributory factors which dictate whether pain relief is used or not. In recent survey studies of swine, cattle, and sheep farmers, we have gathered data on attitudes toward pain and its treatment as well as on how often pain relief is used in practice. The overall message from these studies is that provision of pain relief is often better than is appreciated. Producers may choose to use pain relief either because they feel it is the right thing to do (has ethical benefits) or because they feel it is the rational thing to do (has direct or indirect practical benefits). For instance, the statement that animals ‘recover better when given pain relief’ was agreed with by 72%, 82%, and 86% of pig, sheep, and cattle farmers, respectively. However, while attitudes are improving, routine pain relief is still not widespread. In relation to dystocia (rated as highly painful by all farmer groups), pain relief was always used by only 27% of cattle farmers and 19% of sheep and pig farmers.
Other Titles/Title of Conference
Ruminant Nutrition Symposium: Omaha, Nebraska, USA, 13-15th March 2017.
American Association of Animal Science
Journal Title/Title of Proceedings
Journal of Animal Science