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Observations on the nursing behaviour of beef cows suckling Charolais cross calves

By S. H. Somerville, B. G. Lowman

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Three separate 48 h observations were made of the suckling behaviour of (1) Hereford X Friesian cows under grazing conditions, (2) Blue Grey cows under grazing conditions, and (3) Blue Grey cows housed. All the cows suckled Charolais cross calves. The mean suckling frequencies recorded were 5.5, 5.5 and 9 times per 24 h in the first, second and third study, respectively. Milk yield seemed to govern suckling frequency. A relatively uniform distribution of suckling throughout the day was recorded in the second and third study, with three peaks of suckling activity apparent in the first study. The mean duration of suckling was 6.9, 10.7 and 10.6 min in the first, second and third study, respectively.

Date 1979
Publication Title Applied Animal Ethology
Volume 5
Issue 4
Pages 369-373
Language English
Author Address Sch. Agric., Univ., Edinburgh EH9 3JG, UK.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal physiology
  3. Breeds
  4. Calves
  5. Cattle
  6. Dairy animals
  7. Frequency
  8. Housing
  9. Lactation
  10. Mammals
  11. Maternal behavior
  12. Milk and dairy products
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. suckling
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