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Effects of surface type in an uncovered stand-off pad system on comfort and welfare of non-lactating dairy cows during winter

By Omar Al-Marashdeh, Keith C. Cameron, Racheal H. Bryant, Ao Chen, Briar McGowan, Corentine Gillé-Perrier, Peter Carey, Jane Chrystal, Simon Hodge, Grant R. Edwards

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The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of stand-off surface type on cow lying behaviour, cleanliness and lameness. One hundred and sixty Friesian × Jersey crossbreed, pregnant non-lactating dairy cows were blocked into five groups of 32 cows and randomly assigned to one of five treatments. Treatments consisted of cows grazing fodder beet in situ and remaining in the paddock with no stand-off (control), or grazing fodder beet in situ and spending 16 h on a stand-off pad with either a woodchip, round-stones (40–60 mm), sand, or geotextile ‘carpet’ surface. Lying duration, monitored by AfiAct electronic pedometers (Afimilk, Kibbutz Afikim, Israel), showed cows on stone spent significantly more (P 

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 211
Pages 17-24
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2018.11.001
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  1. Animal welfare
  2. Cattle
  3. Lameness