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Evaluation of different habituation protocols for training dairy jennies to the milking parlor: Effect on milk yield, behavior, heart rate and salivary cortisol

By Pasquale De Palo, Aristide Maggiolino, Marzia Albenzio, Mariangela Caroprese, Pasquale Centoducati, Alessandra Tateo

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The aim of the trial was to apply different habituation protocols for machine milking to never machine-milked donkeys observing the effect on behavior, heart rate, salivary cortisol concentration and milk yield. Sixty lactating dairy donkeys were studied; the animals were divided into three...

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  1. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  2. Donkeys
  3. Heart rate
  4. saliva