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Effect of management change on selected welfare parameters of cows

an Broucek
Animal Production Research Centre Nitra, 951 41 LuĹžianky, Slovakia
Abstract :
The aim of the study was to determine the effect of relocation from a
tie-stall barn to the facility
with free-stall housing on adaptation of cows measured by behaviours latency and lenghts of the
first episodes. Cows were observed at 10-min intervals for 48 hours after relocation on the first and
second days. Second parity cows and non-pregnant cows lied down sooner than those in the first
lactation and pregnant cows (532.2±274.6 min
. 678.3±278.9 min; 588.5±237.0 min
. 603.8±326.1
min). Primiparous and pregnant cows had shorter lying episodes following the relocation (25.0±12.9
. 51.4±31.8 min, P<0.001; 38.3±24.8 min
. 46.0±35.8 min). Latencies for total lying (first
time lying down regardless of which side cow lays) and lying on the left side were progressively
shorter from the first milking session to the fourth milking session. Cows in second lactation
non-pregnant cows began ruminating sooner than cows in first lactation after the first and fourth
milking sessions. The results of this study suggest that relocation may alter behavioural measures.
However, behaviour after milking sessions observation indicate that older and non-pregnant cows
are more able to adapt quickly to environmental change.
Keywords :
dairy cow / housing / relocation / welfare

Date Deposited : 02 Apr 2015 10:03

Last Modified : 02 Apr 2015 10:03

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Volume 31, Number 3, - 2013

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