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Indices for estimation of dairy free-stall occupancy

By X. C. Carreira, M. E. Fernandez, R. A. Marino

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The objective of this study was to obtain variables that enabled estimation of variation in stall occupancy times based on the cow-to-stall ratio. First, stall use by Holstein-Friesian cows was analyzed on 16 farms in Galicia, Northwest Spain, by continuously recording cow behavior for 24 h. Intervals of 17 s were recorded every 3 min and 30 s. The video recordings were watched to count the number of simultaneously occupied stalls. Before actually reducing the number of stalls in practice, the variation in the average occupancy time per stall was estimated by using a variable termed 'predictably altered time of occupancy' for stall-to-cow ratios of 0.9, 0.8 and 0.7 (111

Date 2009
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 119
Issue 1/2
Pages 23-31
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2009.03.007
Language English
Author Address Department of Agroforestry Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela, Escuela Politecnica Superior, Campus Universitario, s/n 27002 Lugo, Spain. melena.fernandez@usc.es
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  1. Analysis
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal genetics
  4. Animal husbandry
  5. Automation
  6. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  7. Cattle
  8. Developed countries
  9. Dog Breeds
  10. Effect
  11. Estimation
  12. Europe
  13. Livestock
  14. Mammals
  15. Mediterranean region
  16. monitoring
  17. OECD countries
  18. peer-reviewed
  19. practices
  20. ratios
  21. Ruminants
  22. Spain
  23. stalls
  24. stocking density
  25. stocking rates
  26. surveillance
  27. Techniques
  28. variation
  29. video recordings
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  1. peer-reviewed