Researchers create ‘grimace scale’ for pain and stress in cattle
Dr. Maria Camila Ceballos has been researching animal welfare her entire career. Now, she’s a beef cattle welfare assistant professor at the University of Calgary. Along with her PhD student Mostafa Farghal, Ceballos is researching animal welfare by identifying and measuring pain in Angus beef calves. Ceballos says currently, the way to identify pain in calves is primarily through behaviour change. However, she wanted to know if there were facial cues revealing pain in beef calves, so they could treat calves as soon as possible.