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Locomotor activity of dairy cows in relation to season and lactation

By A. Brzozowska, M. Lukaszewicz, G. Sender, D. Kolasinska, J. Oprzadek

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All systems recording activity of cattle measure it independently of environmental and animal factors. Such recordings may hide differences in activity caused by extraneous interferences or may be inaccurately interpreted. The information produced by sensors could be more accurate, if behaviour pattern is put against other factors affecting activity. The objective of the study was to verify, if information obtained from activity sensors could be improved, by including additional factors such as parity, stage of lactation and season of year. Activity of 132 Polish Holstein-Friesian cows was continuously monitored between April 2011 and August 2012 using IceQube Sensors. Generalized linear models were used to analyse activity parameters of dairy cows. The results showed that parity, stage of lactation and season had a significant impact ( P

Date 2014
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 156
Pages 6-11
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Publisher Elsevier
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.04.009
Author Address The Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Jastrzebiec, Postepu 36A, 05-552 Magdalenka, Poland.a.brzozowska@ighz.pl
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal genetics
  3. Animal husbandry
  4. Animal injuries
  5. Animal physiology
  6. Animal reproduction
  7. Animals
  8. Animal welfare
  9. Biochemistry
  10. Bovidae
  11. Breeding
  12. Breeds
  13. Calves
  14. Cattle
  15. Computers
  16. Dairy animals
  17. Diseases and injuries of animals
  18. Documentation
  19. Information
  20. Lactation
  21. Lameness
  22. Livestock
  23. Mammals
  24. models
  25. Reproduction
  26. Ruminants
  27. seasons
  28. sensors
  29. summer
  30. ungulates
  31. vertebrates
  32. winter