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Acute effects of cow-calf separation on heart rate, plasma cortisol and behaviour in multiparous dairy cows

By H. Hopster, J. M. O'Connell, H. J. Blokhuis

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Abstract

Removing the calf after bonding may induce acute stress in the dairy cow. The responses of 8 Holstein-Friesian cows were examined immediately after the removal of their calves on the third day after parturition. Blood samples were taken before and after the separation for cortisol analysis. After separation, cows vocalized initially and moved to the feeding rack but started feeding shortly after that. Heart rate effects were restricted to the first 2 minutes after separation. Cortisol effects were not found. It is concluded that multiparous dairy cows respond only mildly immediately after their calves have been removed.

Date 1995
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 44
Issue 1
Pages 1-8
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address DLO-Institute for Animal Science and Health (ID-DLO), Research Branch Zeist, P.O. Box 501, 3700 AM, Zeist, Netherlands.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal reproduction
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Calves
  5. Cattle
  6. Cortisol
  7. Developed countries
  8. Europe
  9. Glucocorticoids
  10. Heart rate
  11. Hydrocortisone
  12. Mammals
  13. Maternal behavior
  14. Netherlands
  15. OECD countries
  16. peer-reviewed
  17. plasma
  18. separation
  19. Stress
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