The Welfare of Sheep

  • Cathy M. Dwyer

Part of the Animal Welfare book series (AWNS, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. C.M. Dwyer, A.B. Lawrence
    Pages 1-40
  3. C.M. Dwyer
    Pages 41-79
  4. R. Nowak, R.H. Porter, D. Blache, C.M. Dwyer
    Pages 81-134
  5. R.J. Kilgour, T. Waterhouse, C.M. Dwyer, I.D. Ivanov
    Pages 213-265
  6. J.P. Hogan, C.J.C. Phillips, S. Agenäs
    Pages 267-290
  7. P.J. Goddard
    Pages 291-323
  8. C.E. Milne, A.W. Stott, J.M. Santarossa
    Pages 325-341
  9. A.B. Lawrence, J. Conington
    Pages 343-360
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 361-366

About this book


The welfare of the sheep has received less attention than the welfare of intensively husbanded animals. However, domestic sheep may be kept under conditions that are very different from the environment in which wild sheep live, with adverse effects on their behaviour and welfare. This book, written by leading researchers from Europe and Australia, takes a multidisciplinary approach to focus on the specific welfare challenges facing the sheep.

The book begins with a discussion of current welfare thinking and how this might be relevant to sheep husbandry. The adaptations of wild sheep to diverse environments, and how their behaviour and physiology has developed to deal with these conditions is described and compared to conditions in modern sheep husbandry. The varied welfare demands of disease, nutrition and metabolism, farming systems and management practices are then discussed by specialists in those areas. The book concludes by considering the economics of improved welfare, and by describing breeding goals and new challenges and opportunities for good sheep husbandry. This book will be of interest to students and academics in animal welfare, animal production, and veterinary medicine, and those with a particular interest in or concern for sheep.


Sheep adaptation animal husbandry animals behavior metabolism physiology veterinary medicine

Authors and affiliations

  • Cathy M. Dwyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Sustainable Livestock System Group, Scottish Agricultural College Animal Behaviour and WelfareKing’s BuildingsUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8552-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8553-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-7408
  • Buy this book on publisher's site