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Assessment of welfare on 24 commercial UK dairy goat farms based on direct observations
  1. K. Anzuino, BVMS, CertWEL, PGCE, MRCVS1,
  2. N. J. Bell, MA, VetMB, PhD, MRCVS2,
  3. K. J. Bazeley, BVSc, BSc, CertWEL, MRCVS3 and
  4. C. J. Nicol, MA, DPhil2
  1. Willow Walk, Honiton, Devon EX14 2FX
  2. Animal Welfare and Behaviour Group, Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford House, Langford, North Somerset BS40 5DU
  3. Kingfisher Veterinary Practice, Tower Hill Road, Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 7AB, UK
  1. E-mail for correspondence kathy_nolan{at}hotmail.com

The preliminary findings from an investigation into the health and welfare of goats on commercial dairy goat farms in the UK are described. An assessment protocol involving direct observations of the goats was developed in order to assess their welfare. Twenty-four dairy goat farms in England and Wales were visited and assessed during the period autumn 2004 to summer 2005. The main welfare issues identified were lameness and claw overgrowth, udder and teat lesions, skin lesions and pruritus.

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