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A quantitative analysis of social behaviour of different crossbreds of dairy cattle kept in loose housing and its relationship to productivity

By T. A. Jezierski, M. Podluzny

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The social behaviour of Polish Black-and-White dairy cattle (BW) was compared with that of the F1-crossbreds of BW with Jersey (BW x J), Ayrshire (BW x Ay), Holstein-Friesian (BW x HF) and Swedish Black-and-White (BW x SLB). The crossbreds BW x J proved to be most aggressive, excitable and susceptible, as far as milk yield was concerned, to the social tensions connected with moving cows between groups. The BW x Ay were most dominant, least attacked by their group-mates and least susceptible to a group change. The pure-bred BW were calm and subordinate as compared with the crossbreds. The social tensions after a group change caused a mean decrease in milk yield of about 4

Date 1984
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 13
Issue 1-2
Pages 31-40
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding, Jastrzebiec, 05-551 Mrokow, Poland.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal housing
  3. Animal husbandry
  4. Breeding
  5. Cattle
  6. Change
  7. Crossbreds
  8. Dairy animals
  9. Farms
  10. Groups
  11. Housing
  12. Mammals
  13. Milk and dairy products
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. transfer
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