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Farmers; perceptions of animal welfare across the UK farm assurance schemes

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Carmen Hubbard, Professor Michael Bourlakis, Professor Guy Garrod


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This paper focuses on the study and assessment of beliefs, attitudes and views of British pig producers regarding farm animal welfare. Fifty four pig farmers were selected for face-to-face interviews in accordance with the importance of the farm assurance schemes and geographical distribution. The interviews covered four main topics: (i) participation in farm assurance schemes; (ii) animal welfare definition and importance; (iii) knowledge of animal welfare legislation, control and inspection; and (iv) market and consumer. Each answer was analysed individually across the interviews and a list of ‘themes’ identified for each type of scheme. These were compared and synthesised in an overall analysis. By grouping the qualitative data around the identifiable themes, the analysis assesses how differently or similarly various groups of farmers view the issues related to animal welfare. The findings show that it is possible to distinguish between farmers according to their engagement in different schemes with respect to some of the topics, but not all.

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Author(s): Hubbard MC, Bourlakis M, Garrod G

Editor(s): Warren, M., Yardwood, R.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Rural Futures Conference, the Rural Citizen: Governance, Culture and Wellbeing in the 21st Century

Year of Conference: 2006

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ISBN: 1841021555