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26 June 2002
The intriguing question of whether sheep regard humans as predators will be
just one of the issues discussed at an international animal welfare and
behaviour conference to be held in Hamilton over the 27th and 28th of June.
Animal Welfare and Behaviour: From Science to Solution is jointly sponsored
by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), the National Animal Welfare
Advisory Committee (NAWAC) and the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE).
Emeritus Professor Des Fielden of Massey University says the conference draws
together an impressive range of international and national scientific research
and presenters concerned with advancements in farm animal welfare, the behaviour
of farm and wild animals, and humane management methods for wildlife.
An additional purpose of the conference is to highlight some of the benefits
of the Operational Research funds made available by MAF over the last eight
"Animal Welfare and behaviour are complex issues that attract a wide
range of views. This conference provides an open and interactive environment in
which they can discussed.
"Creating linkages with other scientists and perspectives is crucial for
advancement in policy and practice," he said.
Over the next two days there will be two keynote addresses presented by
Professor John McInerney from the University of Exeter and Dr Andrea Gavinelli
from the European Commission. Professor Marian Stamp Dawkins from Oxford
University will present the Ron Kilgour Memorial Lecture.
There will also be18 short papers of new work and nine reviews on a variety
of topics including non invasive measures of animal welfare, assessing libido
implications for the cow and bull, vertebrate pest control methods, on-farm
handling and environments.
For more information please contact: Philippa White Ministry of Agriculture
and Forestry Communications Adviser 025 223 1875
1830 Welcome reception
Chair: L Matthews 0820 - 0830 Conference Opening Concepts
0830 - 0920 Ron Kilgour Memorial Lecture Marian Stamp Dawkins "What
animals want: the assessment of welfare from the animal's point of view"
0920 - 1000 Keynote speaker: Andrea Gavinelli "Animal Welfare: Past
Present and Future - A European Perspective"
1000 - 1030 Tea
1030 - 1110 Keynote speaker: John McInerney "Animal Welfare: Ethics,
Economics and Productivity"
1110 - 1125 Xavier Boivin; Grignard, L.; Garel, J.P.; Trillat, P.; Le Neindre,
P. "Crush test, Docility test, Flight speed test, Human approach test..:
Consistent or specific situations for assessing beef cattle reaction to
1125 - 1140 Tamara Diesch; Mellor, D.J.; Stafford, K.J.; Ward, R.N. "
The physiological status of dairy calves at birth"
1140 - 1155 Nicky Roberts; Fisher, A.D.; Bluett, S. "The effects of
shade on cow body temperature and behaviour in summer"
1155 - 1210 Gwyneth Verkerk; Fisher, A.D.; Stewart, M.; Morrow, C.J.;
Matthews, L.R. "Stand-off management practices for improved dairy cow
welfare: A science-based solution"
1210 - 1245 Lunch
1245 - 1315 Posters
1315 - 1355 Keynote speaker: Al
Schaefer; Matthews, L.R.; Cook, N.J.; Webster, J.; Scott, S.L. "Novel
non-invasive measures of animal welfare"
1355 - 1410 Christian Cook; Drake, K.; Lowe, T.; Thomas, D. "The use of
low invasive technologies to improve results in animal welfare studies"
1410 - 1450 Keynote speaker: David Mellor; Stafford, K.J. "Animal
welfare implications of neonatal mortality in farm animals"
1450 - 1505 Maria Jose Hotzel "Mother-offspring interactions in confined
and outdoor reared pigs"
1505 - 1530 Tea
1530 - 1610 Keynote
speaker: Lindsay Matthews "Behavioural priorities: deciding which
behaviours are most important"
1610 - 1625 Catherine Sumpter; Foster, T.M.; Temple, W. "The use of
concurrent schedules in the assessment of animal preferences"
1625 - 1640 Mary Foster; Sumpter, C.E.; Temple, W. "Functions and the
assessment of animal needs: some cautions"
1640 - 1655 Ngaio Beausoleil; Stafford, K.J.; Mellor, D.J. "Do sheep
regard humans as predators?"
1655 - 1710 Greg Cronin; Schirmer, B.N.; Leeson, E.; Barnett, J.L.
"Resumption of "normal" activity patterns in experimental sows
following general anaesthesia and surgical implantation of an indwelling
0830 - 0910 Keynote speaker:
Bruce Warburton; O'Connor, C. "Assessing the humaneness of vertebrate pest
0910 - 0925 Kate Littin; O'Connor, C.E.; Eason, C.T.; Gregory, N.G.; Mellor,
D.J. "How humane is 1080 for possums?"
0925 - 0940 Tim Day; Matthews, L.R.; Waas, J. "Feeding behaviour of
birds towards baits containing repellents"
0940 - 1020 Keynote speaker: Neville Gregory "Welfare aspects of trauma
caused by firearms and explosives"
1020 - 1045 Tea
1045 - 1125 Keynote speaker: Paul Hemsworth; Barnett, J.L. "On-farm
handling and environments - impact on animal welfare"
1125 - 1140 Melanie Vivian " Behavioural effects of environmental
enrichment with chimpanzees"
1140 - 1155 Andrew Fisher; Stewart, M.; Tacon, J.; Matthews, L.R. "The
effects of stock crate design and stocking density on environmental conditions
for lambs on road transport vehicles"
1155 - 1255 Lunch
1255 - 1335 Keynote speaker: David Wells "Health and welfare of cloned
and transgenic animals"
1335 - 1350 Bryce Jerebine; Fisher, M.W.; Johnstone, P.D. "Assessing
libido - implications for the cow and bull"
1350 - 1405 Joyce Kent; Molony, V.; Hosie, B.D.; Sheppard, B. "A field
trial of more humane ways to castrate and tail dock housed lambs"
1405 - 1420 Shauna Sylvester; Stafford, K.J.; Mellor, D.J.; Bruce, R.A.;
Ward, R.N. "Behavioural responses of calves to amputation dehorning with
and without local anaesthesia"
1420 - 1435 Tony Pearse; Webster, J.; Shaefer, A.; Matthews, L.R.
"Development of methods for humane velvet removal"
1435 - 1500 Tea
1500 - 1540 Keynote speaker: Kevin Stafford; Mellor, D.J. "Organic
livestock farming and animal welfare"
1540 - 1550 Closing summary: David Mellor and Lindsay Matthews