Exploring Stress Responses in Farm Animals: A Focus on Physiological and Behavioral Aspects

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Physiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 127

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Olds College of Agriculture and Technology, 4500 50th Street, Olds, AB T4H 1R6, Canada
Interests: behavior; beef cattle; distress; health; temperament; welfare

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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Interests: beef cattle; genetics; feed efficiency; stress; temperament; welfare

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Animal husbandry often employs stress-inducing practices that can result in pain, chronic diseases, and reduced productivity. Efforts are being made to address these issues through evolving animal management and welfare practices. However, it is essential to investigate both the physiological and behavioral responses, in conjunction with the management practices employed by the livestock industry, in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of their effects and continually enhance the welfare of farm animals. By investigating these indicators, modern research aims to shed light on daily practices and offer a comprehensive perspective on intricate strategies for mitigating stress and/or pain, ultimately improving the welfare and performance of farm animals.

The goal of the Special Issue “Exploring Stress Responses in Farm Animals: A Focus on Physiological and Behavioral Aspects” is to offer an up-to-date resource for high-quality research focused on farm animal stress management. This includes exploring its impact on physiological and behavioral responses, strategies for alleviating stress, and the introduction of innovative husbandry techniques.

We invite original research papers that address how various stressors affect animal health, growth, reproduction, and behavioral responses.

Dr. Désirée Gellatly
Dr. Tiago da Silva Valente
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • stress indicators
  • physiological response
  • behavior
  • pain-mitigation
  • farm animals
  • livestock

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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