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Horses will develop repetitive behaviour in response to stress and unmet needs.

Pacing, rocking and other worrisome behaviour in horses

Horse Health: Repetitive behaviour isn’t a problem to fix, it’s a sign to look for the root issue

Stereotypic behaviours are repetitive behaviours performed by animals with no obviously discernible function. One of the most commonly recognized stereotypic behaviours is the pacing of polar bears in zoo exhibits. Stereotypic behaviours are also recognized in horses, of which cribbing, weaving and stall walking or pacing are the three most common. Polar bears and horses […] Read more

Despite their smaller size, sheep can’t be bullied into moving where you want them to go, says livestock handling specialist Jennifer Woods.

How to get your sheep on the move

Understanding sheep behaviour is the key to getting them to go where you want them to

If you want to move a sheep, the worst thing you can do is isolate it, yell at it, and then try to move it from behind. “If you understand animal behaviour, that is 90 per cent of handling — the biggest knowledge gap that we have is true understanding of animal behaviour,” livestock-handling specialist […] Read more


Bob and Wynne Chisholm with Ed Pajor (right) of the University of Calgary. The Chisholms and Wynne’s father donated $5 million to fund a new animal welfare research chair.

Paying it forward — family’s donation to create animal welfare ‘win-wins’

Already a leader in the field, the U of C’s vet school will expand research 
to help both producers and the animals in their care


It is, by any measure, a lot of money. But her family’s $5-million donation to the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine for animal welfare research is money well spent, says Cochrane-area rancher Wynne Chisholm. “We love animals and have a soft spot for cows. Cow-calf is underserved in terms of research,” said Chisholm, […] Read more