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Encyclopedia of Farm Animal Behavior

Dust and Pathogens in the Environment

Does exposure to dust in the environment lead to increased health problems? What organisms reside on the very small particles that enter the deep spaces of the lungs?

Air quality is a factor in agricultural sustainability as well as animal health and well-being.

Cattle were found to generate large amounts of dust in the evening. These dust-generating behaviors may be manageable. Reducing dust and redirected behaviors should reduce interstitial pneumonia. 

How does the environment affect brain structure and function?

One way to measure animal well-being is to understand how enriching the environment is to the animal. Morphological techniques have been used with indoor and outdoor reared pigs to better understand how the animal perceives the environment.

How do changes in the diet affect health, well-being and the environment?

Swine need an adequate diet to maintain a healthy state. Can nutrients be added that support the well-being of the pig as well as sustainability of the environment?

Toxoplasmosis Certification Project - Outdoor Housed Pigs

Can outdoor housed pigs be included in toxoplasmosis certification programs? Collaboration with Dr. Ray Gamble, USDA-ARS, BARC will help answer this question.

Can Behavioral Indicators of Heat Stress be identified in Feedlot Cattle?

NRI Grant with:

Management Of Behavior

How an animal’s environment affects its well-being is not well understood. We must determine this if we are to provide appropriate environments for pigs and cattle.

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