Animal Welfare Indicators

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Species, Sex, Work type, Age

General health
Body condition, Eyes, Nasal discharge, Mucous membranes, Diarrhoea, Ectoparasites

Observer approach, Chin contact, General attitude, Tail tuck

Gait, Spinal contact

Lip lesions, Head/ears lesions, Neck lesions, Breast-shoulder lesions, Fore limbs lesions, Knee lesions, Withers/spine lesions, Girth/belly lesions, Hindquarters lesions, Hind limbs lesions, Tail/tail base lesions, Genital/rectal lesions, Lesion size

Hoof and limb
Hoof shape, Hoof horn quality, Frog, Lower limb swelling, Interference, Hobbling

Deliberately induced
Firing – severity, Firing – body areas, Ear mutilation, Muzzle mutilation, Tail mutilation