The Importance of Animal Husbandry: New Insights

Rethinking Livestock Management and Animal Housing by Considering Animal Psychology

The Importance of Animal Husbandry: New Insights
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 7 minutes Animal husbandry currently focuses on health, reproduction, and security. We have built efficient and hygienic systems, which have been optimized commercially for production. Recent cognitive studies reveal a new dimension that we should be prepared to accommodate if we wish our animals to live healthy, fulfilling lives, and if commercial practices are to remain sustainable. The importance of animal husbandry methods and animal housing is not to be underestimated, as they impact health and production. Cognitive research examines the mental capacities of animals and how they perceive and react to their environment. So far, researchers have only scratched the surface of what can be learned about farm animals’ minds. Those of us who are close to our animals gain notions of the depth of their emotional lives. However, many consumers and businesses still conceive of farm animals as simplistic. The growing body of

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