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RESEARCH Insight – September 2018 – Cow and Calf Behaviour

This is the third issue of our new publication, research insight. The aim of the publication is to translate relevant scientific research into useful information for your farm. This issue looks at Cow and Calf Behaviour.

Providing an environment where dairy cows and calves can exhibit natural behaviour is considered to contribute to a high level of farm animal welfare. Housing systems, however, contrast greatly from a cows’ natural environment.   Understanding more about cow behaviour informs decisions for housing requirements on commercial enterprises.

Cows are Highly Motivated to Access Cow Brushes - McConnachie et al., doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2018.0303

A Method of Outdoor Housing Dairy Calves in Pairs using Individual Calf Hutches - Wormsbecher et al. doi.org/10.3168/jds.2017-12559

Issued September 2018

About Kingshay insight publications

insight publications replace the Farming Notes which have been produced by Kingshay since 1991, publishing on issues critical to the success of a modern dairy farm business. These briefings which now include dairy insight, business insight and research insight, provide dairy farmers, large animal vets, farm consultants and other interested parties with the most important and timely information in a concise two-page format. The information contained in our insight publications is written and updated by our experts to ensure accuracy and save you time.

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