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Selection for increased production in intensive and extensive livestock production systems caused animal health and welfare to deteriorate. This is observed in reduced fertility, lameness and claw health in dairy cattle and pigs, resulting in unnecessary culling. In addition, inbreeding has resulted in a number of genetic defects in cows, sheep and pigs. Accurate recording and an increased awareness of welfare traits are necessary to find sustainable solutions.
AAB | Articles | Volume 64, issue 1
Arch. Anim. Breed., 64, 177–185, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-64-177-2021
Arch. Anim. Breed., 64, 177–185, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-64-177-2021

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Unintended consequences of selection for increased production on the health and welfare of livestock

Este van Marle-Köster and Carina Visser

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Selection for increased production in intensive and extensive livestock production systems caused animal health and welfare to deteriorate. This is observed in reduced fertility, lameness and claw health in dairy cattle and pigs, resulting in unnecessary culling. In addition, inbreeding has resulted in a number of genetic defects in cows, sheep and pigs. Accurate recording and an increased awareness of welfare traits are necessary to find sustainable solutions.
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