Should the contribution of one additional lame cow depend on how many other cows on the farm are lame?

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Should the contribution of one additional lame cow depend on how many other cows on the farm are lame? / Sandøe, Peter; Forkman, Björn; Hakansson, Franziska; Andreasen, Sine Norlander; Nøhr, Rikke; Denwood, Matt; Lund, Thomas Bøker.

In: Animals, Vol. 7, No. 12, 96, 12.2017.

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Sandøe, P, Forkman, B, Hakansson, F, Andreasen, SN, Nøhr, R, Denwood, M & Lund, TB 2017, 'Should the contribution of one additional lame cow depend on how many other cows on the farm are lame?', Animals, vol. 7, no. 12, 96. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani7120096

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Sandøe, P., Forkman, B., Hakansson, F., Andreasen, S. N., Nøhr, R., Denwood, M., & Lund, T. B. (2017). Should the contribution of one additional lame cow depend on how many other cows on the farm are lame? Animals, 7(12), [96]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani7120096

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Sandøe P, Forkman B, Hakansson F, Andreasen SN, Nøhr R, Denwood M et al. Should the contribution of one additional lame cow depend on how many other cows on the farm are lame? Animals. 2017 Dec;7(12). 96. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani7120096

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Sandøe, Peter ; Forkman, Björn ; Hakansson, Franziska ; Andreasen, Sine Norlander ; Nøhr, Rikke ; Denwood, Matt ; Lund, Thomas Bøker. / Should the contribution of one additional lame cow depend on how many other cows on the farm are lame?. In: Animals. 2017 ; Vol. 7, No. 12.

Bibtex

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title = "Should the contribution of one additional lame cow depend on how many other cows on the farm are lame?",
abstract = "Welfare Quality{\circledR} proposes a system for aggregation according to which the total welfare score for a group of animals is a non-linear effect of the prevalence of welfare scores across the individuals within the group. Three assumptions serve to justify this: (1) experts do not follow a linear reasoning when they assess a welfare problem; (2) it serves to prevent compensation (severe welfare problems hidden by scoring well on other aspects of welfare); (3) experts agree on the weight of different welfare measures. We use two sources of data to examine these assumptions: animal welfare data from 44 Danish dairy farms with Danish Holstein Friesian cows, and data from a questionnaire study with a convenience sample of 307 experts in animal welfare, of which we received responses from over 50{\%}. Our main results were: (1) the total group-level welfare score as assigned by experts is a non-linear function of the individual animal welfare states within the group; (2) the WQ system does not prevent what experts perceive as unacceptable compensation; (3) the level of agreement among experts appears to vary across measures. Our findings give rise to concerns about the proposed aggregation system offered by WQ.",
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