Animal welfare

Animal welfare

Animal welfare a risk for the future of the dairy industry

Published: 10/28/2011 Written by: Monica Wadsworth
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"Milk producers need to engage with the public and address the animal welfare concerns that arise. We need to make sure that our on-farm practices haven’t fallen out of step with the main stream values in our society." At the IDF World Dairy Summit in Parma, Dan Weary from the Animal welfare program at the University of British Columbia gave his presentation Identifying and addressing animal welfare issues that undermine the societal sustainability of dairy farming.

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Behavior and handling

Behavioral needs of the transition cow and considerations for special needs facility design

Published: 7/24/2006 Written by: Nigel B. Cook Kenneth Nordlund

Moving cows into new pens is stressful due to an increased level of confrontational behavior between cows. Facility design can either increase or reduce stress depending on cow comfort factors. Reducing stress in the dry period should reduce the risk of cows developing metabolic disorders

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Behavior and handling

Improving Heifer Handling

Published: 3/18/2002 Written by: Sam Leadley Pam Sojda

An understanding of animal psychology goes a long way towards improving heifer handling. Flight zone refers to a heifers range of vision or their personal space. A heifers flight zone will decrease with frequent gentle handling. Consistency when working with calves will set the stage for easier heifer management.

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Animal welfare

Animal welfare on the agenda

Published: 2/17/2011 Written by: Monica Wadsworth
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Animal welfare is on the agenda at most dairy and meat conferences these days. Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about how animals are treated, and milk producers are also aware that “animals produce more and better meat and higher-quality food products if they’re treated well”, as Temple Grandin, internationally renowned animal welfare expert, said in a talk on good animal management at a workshop at Louisiana State University LSU, on Jan. 26.

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Behavior and feeding

Understanding cow behavior may change the way we feed lactating cows

Published: 2/28/2007 Written by: Trevor DeVries J. M. Huzzey M.A.G. von Keyserlingk

Traditionally, animal nutrition has focused almost exclusively on the nutrient aspects of the diet, but has failed to consider how animal behavior may affect the animals’ access to food. In this paper the authors describe the factors that control the feeding behavior patterns of group-housed dairy cows. They also review studies showing how feeding management and the design of the feeding environment can be altered in ways that allow for increased access to feed for all animals.

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Animal welfare on other web sites

  1. Dr Temple Grandin's web site  »