Knowledge of livestock social networks has great potential for improving animal welfare. We will investigate the importance of social networks for wellbeing in goats. The research will be carried out at an animal sanctuary. We will quantify networks using social behaviours and the latest computational techniques, and assess how these influence wellbeing. We will also assess individual factors linked to networks, e.g. age, sex. All data collection will occur during two field seasons. More than 1 billion goats are farmed globally, and our results will contribute to improving the welfare of all livestock (e.g. pigs, cattle).
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