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  1. Providing elevated ‘getaway bunks’ to nursing mink dams improves their health and welfare

    Contributor(s):: Dawson, Lauren, Buob, Misha, Haley, Derek, Miller, Steve, Stryker, Judy, Quinton, Margaret, Mason, Georgia

    Farmed mink infants (Neovison vison) remain with their mothers beyond natural weaning age. This benefits their welfare, but can stress their mothers and contribute to illness (e.g. ‘nursing sickness’). European studies have explored augmenting cages with structures allowing mothers to get away...

  2. Impact of acute clinical mastitis on cow behaviour

    Contributor(s):: Siivonen, Jutta, Taponen, Suvi, Hovinen, Mari, Pastell, Matti, Lensink, B. Joop, Pyörälä, Satu, Hänninen, Laura

    Acute mastitis is one of the most common diseases of high-producing dairy cows. However, there is still lack of knowledge on which precise behaviours change first at the beginning of acute mastitis, and whether behavioural changes might serve as a tool for early detection of clinical mastitis. In...

  3. Herd-level associations between human-animal relationship, management, fecal cortisol metabolites, and udder health of organic dairy cows

    Contributor(s):: Ivemeyer, S., Simantke, C., Ebinghaus, A., Poulsen, P. H., Sorensen, J. T., Rousing, T., Palme, R., Knierim, U.

  4. Dairy cows under experimentally-induced Escherichia coli mastitis show negative emotional states assessed through Qualitative Behaviour Assessment

    Contributor(s):: de Boyer des Roches, Alice, Lussert, Alexandra, Faure, Marion, Herry, Vincent, Rainard, Pascal, Durand, Denys, Wemelsfelder, Françoise, Foucras, Gilles

    Mastitis and associated pain have been identified as a major health and welfare problem affecting dairy cows, however little is known about how cows emotionally experience this illness. Qualitative behaviour assessment (QBA) is a 'whole animal' methodology for assessing animal emotion, through...

  5. Changes in behaviour of dairy cows with clinical mastitis

    Contributor(s):: Sepúlveda-Varas, Pilar, Proudfoot, Kathryn L., Weary, Daniel M., von Keyserlingk, Marina A. G.

    Behaviour is an important tool for recognizing illness in animals. One of the most common diseases in dairy cattle is clinical mastitis. Evidence suggests that cows with this disease show sickness behaviours, but little is known about the progression of behavioural changes before and after the...

  6. Development of a facial expression scale using footrot and mastitis as models of pain in sheep

    Contributor(s):: McLennan, Krista M., Rebelo, Carlos J. B., Corke, Murray J., Holmes, Mark A., Leach, Matthew C., Constantino-Casas, Fernando

    Management of pain in sheep is limited by the challenges of recognising and accurately quantifying pain in this species. The use of facial expression scoring to assess pain is a well-utilised, practical tool in both humans and non-human animals. The objective of this study was to develop a...

  7. Influences of various factors on cows' entrance order into the milking parlour

    Contributor(s):: Polikarpus, A., Kaart, T., Mootse, H., Rosa, G. de, Arney, D.

    This study investigates the stability of the milking order of cows entering into the milking parlour of a commercial dairy herd, and changes to this order consequent to a change in health status and a change in the membership of the group of cows being milked. In large herds it is difficult for...

  8. Effectiveness of animal health and welfare planning in dairy herds: a review

    Contributor(s):: Tremetsberger, L., Winckler, C.

    Maintaining and promoting animal health and welfare are important but challenging goals in livestock farming. Animal health and welfare planning aims to contribute to improvements in the herd through interventions in a structured way. This review provides an overview of current scientific...

  9. Human-animal relationships in the Norwegian dairy goat industry: assessment of pain and provision of veterinary treatment (Part II)

    Contributor(s):: Muri, K., Valle, P. S.

  10. Providing elevated 'getaway bunks' to nursing mink dams improves their health and welfare

    Contributor(s):: Dawson, L., Buob, M., Haley, D., Miller, S., Stryker, J., Quinton, M., Mason, G.

  11. Culled early or culled late: economic decisions and risks to welfare in dairy cows

    Contributor(s):: Langford, F. M., Stott, A. W.

  12. Effects of different suckling systems on milk production, udder health, reproduction, calf growth and some behavioural aspects in high producing dairy cows - a review. (Special issue: Suckling)

    Contributor(s):: Krohn, C. C.

    This article discusses the consequences of different suckling systems in industrial countries on milk production, udder health, reproduction and behaviour of high-producing dairy cows, and the effects on the gain, health and behaviour of the calves. The suckling systems are divided into three...

  13. Intersucking in dairy cattle - review and questionnaire. (Special Issue: Behaviour and welfare of cattle)

    Contributor(s):: Lidfors, L., Isberg, L.

    Intersucking is an abnormal behaviour in dairy heifers and cows, and it is defined by one animal sucking the teat of another animal with the intention of sucking milk. The aim of this paper is to review earlier studies on intersucking in dairy cattle and to present results from a questionnaire...

  14. An ethicist's commentary on the case of a client ignoring organic standards

    Contributor(s):: Rollin, B. E.

  15. The new ethics for animals and the dairy industry.

    Contributor(s):: Rollin, B. E.

  16. Effect of human-animal relationship and management on udder health in Swiss dairy herds

    Contributor(s):: Ivemeyer, S., Knierim, U., Waiblinger, S.

    In a cross-sectional study, we investigated the effects of human-animal interactions and management factors on udder health in 46 Swiss dairy herds living in loose-housing systems on farms that participated in the Swiss dairy farm network "pro-Q." The human-animal relationship was measured by...

  17. Dairy farmer attitudes and empathy toward animals are associated with animal welfare indicators

    Contributor(s):: Kielland, C., Skjerve, E., Osteras, O., Zanella, A. J.

    Attitudes and empathy of farmers influence human-animal interaction, thereby affecting their behavior toward animals. The goal was to investigate how measures of attitude and empathy toward animals were associated with animal welfare indicators such as milk yield, mastitis incidence, fertility...

  18. Management and mastitis

    Contributor(s):: Francis, P. G.

    This is the abstr. of a paper presented at the Winter Meeting of the Society for Veterinary Ethology, which was held in London, UK on 3 Dec. 1980. Various measures were investigated to reduce the Escherichia coli population in cubicle (free-stall) straw bedding during a 5-month winter period.

  19. Effect of suckling ('restricted suckling') on dairy cows' udder health and milk let-down and their calves' weight gain, feed intake and behaviour

    | Contributor(s):: Froberg, S., Gratte, E., Svennersten-Sjaunja, K., Olsson, I., Berg, C., Orihuela, A., Galina, C. S., Garcia, B., Lidfors, L.

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of restricted suckling (RS) in Holstein cattle on the weight gain, health and behaviour of calves and on udder health and milk let-down in cows compared to artificial rearing (AR). The study was conducted in Mexico. The 27 cows with calves were...

  20. The impact of genetic selection for increased milk yield on the welfare of dairy cows

    | Contributor(s):: Oltenacu, P. A., Broom, D. M.

    Milk yield per cow has more than doubled in the previous 40 years and many cows now produce more than 20,000 kg of milk per lactation. The increase in production should be viewed with concern because: (i) the increase in milk yield has been accompanied by declining fertility, increasing leg and...