368 Pages 18 Color & 19 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    368 Pages 18 Color & 19 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    368 Pages 18 Color & 19 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    • Contains a selection of White Papers, commissioned to better inform the exploration of cattle welfare. These are prepared by notable experts in their field, to help provide factual context around selected topics that impact cattle welfare and production systems.

    • Covers all aspects of cattle use in an accessible style, making this a must have volume for anyone interested in cattle welfare or cattle medicine.

    • Provides an in-depth picture of the distinctive beef and dairy cattle welfare practices and issues, covering topics such as behavior, breeding and genetic manipulation, nutrition and feeding, housing and management, health and disease, and transport and slaughter.

    • Written by acknowledged leaders in animal science, veterinary science, philosophy and animal welfare, presenting a truly multidisciplinary perspective on cattle welfare.

    • Includes a section on understanding and managing animal welfare in both beef and dairy cattle, discussing how cattle perceive the world, animal handling and pain mitigation, and how to assure that the cows have a reasonably good life.

    The Welfare of Cattle offers an accurate, detailed account of the ethical and welfare concerns related to the human use of cattle. There is currently no significant book dealing with the welfare of cows, animals often seen as archetypal paradigms of 'farm animals'. Covering both beef and dairy cattle, the expert authors provide in-depth information on the husbandry roots of traditional agriculture, the replacement of this system of stewardship by an industrial model, and the resulting welfare challenges associated with industrial agriculture: feedlots, highly industrialized dairies, and slaughterhouses killing huge numbers of animals who have been transported great distances. This important book explores in detail the ways in which people who are providing care for cattle can take their first step, or their next step, toward enhancing the welfare of these animals.

    An extra chapter (online only) is available in the 'Downloads' tab on the left: Dairy Nutrition, by Michael Gamroth

    Foreword, Donald Klingborg

    Preface and Introduction to the White Papers, Donald Klingborg

    List of Authors

    Part 1: White Papers

    Chapter 1: Can Food Production Keep Pace with Population Growth, Changing Dietary Habits and a Desire for Higher Quality Protein? Daniel Dooley

    Chapter 2: Economics of Global Cattle Industries, with Implications for On-Farm Practices, Daniel A. Sumner

    Chapter 3: Dairy and Beef Sustainability: Nutrient Loss and Use Efficiency, Joe Harrison and Al Rotz

    Chapter 4: Livestock and Climate Change: Facts and Fiction, Frank Mitloehner

    Chapter 5: Microbial Pathogens in Extensive and Intensive Systems, Pramod Pandy and E.R. Atwill

    Chapter 6: Cattle Ectoparasites in Extensive and Intensive Cattle Systems, Alec Gerry

    Chapter 7: The Uses of Biotechnology to Improve Animal Welfare, Alison L. Van Eenennaam

    Part 2: Concepts Relevant to both Beef and Dairy Cattle

    Chapter 8: Understanding and Managing Animal Welfare in Cattle, Bernard Rollin

    Chapter 9: Sense and Sensibility: Understanding How Cattle Perceive our Collective World, Lily N. Edwards-Callaway

    Chapter 10: Breeding and Welfare: Genetic Manipulation of Beef and Dairy Cattle, Courtney Daigle, Andy D. Herring and Fuller W. Bazer

    Chapter 11: Providing Assurance that Cattle have a Reasonably Good Life, Jennifer Walker and Marina A. G. von Keyserlingk

    Chapter 12: Transportation and Slaughter of Beef and Dairy Cattle, Kurt Vogel

    Chapter 13: Optimal Human Animal Interactions for Improving Cattle Handling, Temple Grandin

    Chapter 14: Principles of Facility Design, Temple Grandin

    Chapter 15: Pain Mitigation in Cattle, Johann F. Coetzee and Michael D. Kleinhenz

    Part 3: Beef Cattle

    Chapter 16: Overview of the Beef Cattle Industry and Animal Welfare Implications, Jason Ahola, John Wagner, and Terry Engle

    Chapter 17: Ranching with Integrity and Intentionality, Tom Field and Paul Engler

    Chapter 18: Range Beef Cow and Calf Health and Welfare, Franklyn Garry

    Chapter 19: Animal Care Issues in Beef Cattle Feedlots, John Wagner

    Chapter 20: Welfare Issues in Feedlot Cattle, Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, Désirée Gellatly, Daniela Mélendez Suarez, Eugene Janzen, and Sonia Marti

    Chapter 21: Sustainability, the Environment, and Animal Welfare, Shawn L.Archebeque

    Part 4: Dairy Cattle

    Chapter 22: To Meet the Ethical Imperative of telos in Modern Dairy Production: Societal Concern for Naturalness, Animal Welfare, and opportunities for Resolution through Science, Beth Ventura and Candace Croney

    Chapter 23: Herdsmanship and Human Interaction with Dairy Cattle, Kurt Vogel

    Chapter 24: Health, Disease, and Animal Welfare Perspectives for Dairy Cattle, Jerry Olson

    Online Chapter (accessible in Additional Resources tab on webpage): Dairy Nutrition, Michael Gamroth

    Chapter 25: Dairy Cow Welfare and Herd Turnover Rates, Donald Klingborg

    Chapter 26: Calf Welfare, Munashe Chigerwe

    Online Chapter (accessible in Additional Resources tab on webpage): What would an ideal intensive dairy look like? Jan Shearer and James Reynolds 

    Chapter 27: The Downer Cow, Noa Roman-Muniz

    Chapter 28: Cow Comfort, Jesse Robbins and Alex Beck



    Terry Engle is a Professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. His research interests include the influence of trace minerals on animal health and production.

    Donald Klingborg is an Associate Dean Emeritus at The School Of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. He spent the majority of his career as a practicing veterinarian with an emphasis on cattle health & wellbeing.

    Bernard Rollin is University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University with appointments in the departments of Philosophy, Animal Sciences, and Biomedical Sciences.

    These experts present their point of view in a nonconfrontational, nondismissive way to address laypeople's concerns about the cattle industry. It also has a wealth of references for veterinarians, students, and producers who want to learn more.

    -- Courtney A Hayes, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)

    The Welfare of Cattle is a comprehensive textbook that can be used as a reference for welfare issues facing the cattle industry today. This book represents the culmination of constructive dialogue among cattle welfare experts, with the intention of providing readers with a basic understanding of contemporary cattle production and how issues regarding cattle welfare are evolving.

    -- Erin King, DVM, Tufts University, North Grafton, Mass, in JAVMA | SEP 15, 2019 | VOL 255 | NO. 6