A multimedia-based cognitive-behavioural intervention programme improves the attitude of stockpeople to handling pigs

M.A.W. Ruis, G. Coleman, S. Waiblinger, X. Boivin

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Abstract

Multimedia-based training packages (Quality Handling®) for livestock handlers to improve human-animal interactions are currently being developed in Europe (within Welfare Quality®) for beef and dairy cattle farmers, pig farmers and laying hen farmers. Each training package comprises a computerized cognitive-behavioural intervention programme, using voice-overs, images and videos. Such programmes have shown, in Australia, to be appropriate for people with limited formal education and to be the preferred method of learning for stockpeople. Most importantly, such a training method has been shown to improve stockperson animal handling, farm animal production and farm animal welfare. The effectiveness of the pig stockperson training package was tested in a field test with Dutch pig farmers. Two groups of stockpeople were used. In one group the stockpeople were trained, and their farms were visited twice (treatment group: 6 farms, 6 stockpeople): one visit shortly before and one visit 6 to 8 weeks after the training. Farms of the other group of stockpeople were visited twice, and these stockpeople were not trained (control group: 9 farms, 12 stockpeople). Part of a farm visit was the use of a questionnaire to determine the stockperson's beliefs about pigs in general, and on attitudes towards interacting with pigs. Relative to control stockpeople, trained stockpeople showed no change in general attitudes towards pigs, but showed a greater improvement in attitude to handling pigs (GLM; p
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 43rd Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Cairns, Australia, 6-10 July 2009
Pages139-139
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event43rd Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Cairns, Australia -
Duration: 6 Jul 200910 Jul 2009

Conference

Conference43rd Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Cairns, Australia
Period6/07/0910/07/09

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