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Table 1 Description of the 18 case herds, their keepers and welfare problems

From: Identification of key performance indicators for on-farm animal welfare incidents: possible tools for early warning and prevention

Herd ID Age of herd owner (years) at the time of the incident Sex of herd owner Herd type Other species Size of farm (hectares) Welfare problem (as described by investigation VI)
A1 65 M Suckler No 30.9 Registration issues and high mortality
B2 40 M Dairy No 63 Registration issues and poor conditions
C3 46 M Dairy No 84.2 High mortality associated with neglected and starving cattle
D Not recorded F Suckler Horses, poultry, sheep 63.1 High mortality and unburied sheep carcases
E Not recorded M Suckler No 56 Dead cattle found in yard
F 63 M Suckler Horses 125.4 History of problems with cattle and horses
G 49 M Dairy No 35 Poor management skills; Chronic malnourishment of herd
H2 52 M Suckler No 64.2 High mortalities Over stocking, poor quality feed and housing.
I2 84 F Suckler No 65.8 High mortalities associated with over stocking, poor quality feed and housing conditions
J2 42 M Suckler No 81.2 Over-stocking; Problems with administration and paperwork
K 31 M Dairy No 255.1 High mortality associated with rapid expansion of the herd and poor management skills
L 73 M Dairy No 49 High mortality associated with rapid expansion of the herd and poor management skills
M 39 F Suckler No 43.5 Poor management skills
N1,4 54 M Suckler Sheep 339.9 High mortality associated with poor management skills
O2 45 M Suckler Sheep 42 High mortality
P 57 M Suckler Sheep 390 High mortality associated with chronic starvation of the herd; Registration issues
Q 68 F Suckler Sheep 44.5 Poor conditions and a lack of food and water; Non-disposal of still-born animals
R 63 & 68 M & F Suckler Sheep 116.7 Poor conditions and a lack of food and water; Non-disposal of still-born animals
  1. 1 Herd keeper recorded as suffering with ill health
  2. 2 Welfare issue recorded as starting after the death of a parent
  3. 3 Herd keeper recorded as suffering with depression
  4. 4 Herd keeper recorded as having a problem with alcohol