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Long-term stability of Avoidance Distance tests for on-farm assessment of dairy cow relationship to humans in alpine traditional husbandry systems

By Monica Battini, Elena Andreoli, Sara Barbieri, Silvana Mattiello

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The present study investigates the long-term stability of two behaviour tests used to evaluate the human–animal relationship as well as gather information to refine on-farm welfare assessment protocols in alpine husbandry systems. Two tests, Avoidance Distance (AD) and Avoidance Distance at the Feeding rack (ADF) were performed on 50 lactating cows, bred in a loose housing system, following a protocol validated for dairy cows in the Welfare Quality® project. AD was performed on each animal at three different times: at the end of the indoor housing period just before the grazing period (AD_bg); during the outdoor summer grazing period in mountain ranges (AD_dg); and at the beginning of the indoor housing period, just after the grazing period (AD_ag). ADF was performed on the same cows only during the housing period, at the bottom of the valley, before (ADF_bg) and after (ADF_ag) the grazing period. Values of AD_ag (113.93±21.21cm) were significantly higher (P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 135
Issue 4
Pages 267-270
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.10.013
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  1. Avoidance
  2. Cattle
  3. Human-animal relationships
  4. Husbandry
  5. stability