Behaviour of dairy cows under modern housing and management

H.K. Wierenga

    Research output: Thesisexternal PhD, WU

    Abstract

    <TT>The results of behavioural studies of dairy cows' behaviour under some modern housing and management conditions are presented. Social dominance in dairy cows is studied and methods to describe social dominance are discussed. The lying behaviour of dairy cows is studied under various conditions, including over- and undercrowding. In particular the significance of the cubicles for resting and for hiding is discussed. The behaviour of dairy cows when fed concentrates with an automatic concentrates feeding system is investigated. The cows' adaptation to such systems and the cows' strategy of timing of their visits to the feeding station is analysed. Finally, the costs and success of adaptation of the cows to their environment are presented and also discussed with respect to their welfare.</TT><p><TT></TT>
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Wiepkema, P.R., Promotor, External person
    Award date14 Jun 1991
    Place of PublicationS.l.
    Publisher
    Publication statusPublished - 1991

    Keywords

    • dairy cattle
    • dairy farming
    • animal welfare
    • animal housing
    • intensive farming
    • stalls
    • calf housing
    • animal behaviour

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