Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021
Dairy farmers' heterogeneous preferences for animal welfare-enhancing flooring properties: A mixed logit approach applied in SwedenOwusu-Sekyere, E.; Hansson, H.; Telezhenko, E.
AbstractIn this paper, we examine preferences for flooring properties that enhance animal welfare in dairy cattle barns among a sample of Swedish dairy farmers. The findings reveal that respondents differ in their choice of flooring properties that improve farm animal welfare. The findings also show that they consider low-slip risk and the softness of floors to be the most important properties. Findings from a latent variable model revealed that floor packaging and installation, workability and animal welfare are important factors that explain the respondents' preferences for different types of floors. The findings demonstrate that dairy farmers who prefer soft, low-slip and less abrasive floors are influenced by the way the floors are incorporated and installed into the building design, the ease with which other tasks can be performed after installing the flooring and the welfare that the specific flooring provides for the animals. The findings contribute relevant insights that are needed for the promotion and adoption of farm management practices that improve animal welfare.
KeywordsAnimal welfare; Dairy cows; Dairy farmers; Floor systems; Latent attitudes; Sweden
Published inLivestock Science
2021, volume: 250, article number: 104591
University of the Free State
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Biosystems and Technology
UKÄ Subject classification
Animal and Dairy Science
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