Restless nights? Nocturnal activity as a useful indicator of adaptability of shelter housed dogs
Contributor(s):: van der Laan, Janneke Elisabeth, Vinke, Claudia Maureen, van der Borg, Joanne Antonia Maria, Arndt, Saskia Stefanie
A systematic review o f the potential uses of on-animal sensors to monitor the welfare of sheep evaluated using the Five Domains Model as a framework
Contributor(s):: Fogarty, E. S., Swain, D. L., Cronin, G. M., Trotter, M.
Effects of housing conditions on behaviour and physiology in the Finnraccoon (Nyctereutes procyonoides ussuriensis)
Contributor(s):: Koistinen, T., Moisander-Jylha, M., Korhonen, H. T.
Chinese farmers' attitude towards the improvement of animal welfare in their facilities
Contributor(s):: Platto, S., Zhu, Q., Guo, A., He, Q., Hu, S., Valros, A., Irwin, A.
Group housing with electronically controlled crates for lactating sows. Effect on farrowing, suckling and activity behavior of sows and piglets
Contributor(s):: Bohnenkamp, Anna-Lena, Meyer, Christian, Müller, Karin, Krieter, Joachim
The aim of the present study was the analysis of behavioral parameters of sows and piglets in two different farrowing systems. Data of 132 crossbred-sows were collected. Conventional single housing with farrowing crates (SH) was compared to a group housing system (GH) with six single pens,...
Microhabitat selection of free-ranging beef cattle in south-boreal forest
Contributor(s):: Spedener, Mélanie, Tofastrud, Morten, Devineau, Olivier, Zimmermann, Barbara
Cattle released for summer grazing in south-boreal forest are free to select among a broad range of habitats. The goal of this study was to identify the factors influencing the microhabitat selection of such free-ranging beef cattle, for grazing and resting. We equipped sixteen female adult cows...
Behavioural adaptation to a short or no dry period with associated management in dairy cows
Contributor(s):: Kok, Akke, van Hoeij, Renny J., Tolkamp, Bert J., Haskell, Marie J., van Knegsel, Ariëtte T. M., de Boer, Imke J. M., Bokkers, Eddie A. M.
From calving, dairy cows are typically milked for about a year, and subsequently managed to have a non-lactating or ‘dry period’ (DP) before next calving. However, the use of a DP may reduce cow welfare because typical DP management involves the cow changing groups and ration. Also, the DP...
Resting preferences and welfare of Finnraccoon (Nyctereutes procyonoides ussuriensis) females housed in various housing conditions in winter
Contributor(s):: Koistinen, Tarja, Raatikainen, Sini, Sepponen, Juhani, Korhonen, Hannu T.
Raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides ussuriensis) is the only canid species using facultative passive wintering strategy. The aim of the present study is to document the behaviour and welfare of the farmed variant of the species, i.e. Finnraccoon, housed in various conditions in winter. Young...
Juvenile Finnraccoons (Nyctereutes procyonoides ussuriensis) choose to allohuddle on the cage floor instead of resting on a platform
Contributor(s):: Koistinen, Tarja, Korhonen, Hannu T.
Comfort around resting is one of the key factors affecting farm animal welfare. The aim of the present study is to document the resting preferences in the Finnraccoon (Nyctereutes procyonoides ussuriensis) with special attention to the use of a platform. Sixteen sister-pairs of Finnraccoons were...
Responsiveness of beef cattle (Bos taurus) to human approach, novelty, social isolation, restraint and trade-offs between feeding and social companionship
Contributor(s):: Hirata, M., Kubo, S., Taketomi, I., Matsumoto, Y.
Automated monitoring of resting in dogs
Contributor(s):: Clarke, Nancy, Fraser, David
Dogs may be deprived of adequate rest in certain environments such as noisy shelters or kennels. Accelerometers have been used to assess gross activity in dogs, but do not appear to distinguish simple inactivity from the prone, head-down recumbency that typifies sustained rest in the species. We...
A note on the effect of controlling stable flies ( Stomxys calcitrans ) in the resting activity and pen distribution of dairy cows
Contributor(s):: Vitela, I., Cruz-Vazquez, C., Orihuela, A.
This study investigated the effect of controlling stable flies (Stomoxys calcitrans) on the number of dairy cows lying down and their pen distribution. The study randomly assigned 80 Holstein cows to 1 of 2 groups. The treated group (T) included cows individually sprayed with insecticide when...
The perception of available social support is related to reduced cardiovascular reactivity in Phase II cardiac rehabilitation patients
Contributor(s):: Craig, F. W., Lynch, J. J., Quartner, J. L.
Physiological demands of therapeutic horseback riding in children with moderate to severe motor impairments: an exploratory study
Contributor(s):: Bongers, B. C., Takken, T.
Association between resting behaviour and live weight gain in dairy heifers housed in pens with different space allowance and floor type
Contributor(s):: Mogensen, L., Krohn, C. C., Sorensen, J. T., Hindhede, J., Nielsen, L. H.
The hypothesis that daily liveweight gain is associated with resting behaviour in heifers was studied. The study was based on 2 experiments conducted on Danish commercial dairy farms with Danish Friesian heifers (300-400 kg) in the winter periods. Group size was 5-6 heifers/pen. Experiment A,...
Evidence of a limited role for prolactin in the preparturient activity of confined gilts
Contributor(s):: Rushen, J., Robert, S., Farmer, C.
To investigate the role of peripheral prolactin in stimulating the preparturient activity of pigs, 12 cross-bred gilts housed in standard farrowing crates either received orally 10 mg of bromocriptine three times per day from day 110 of gestation or served as controls. Jugular blood samples were...
The effects of operant control over food and light on the behaviour of domestic hens
Contributor(s):: Taylor, P. E., Coerse, N. C. A., Haskell, M.
In intensive farming systems, the animals have little control over important elements in their environments. For instance, food of a pre-set type is delivered at set times, and the lighting schedule is controlled by the farmer. It has been suggested that low levels of environmental control over...
Adaptation to tethering in yearling dairy heifers assessed by the use of lying down behaviour
Contributor(s):: Jensen, M. B.
48 dairy heifers in 4 trials were brought in from pasture and housed individually in straw-bedded pens prior to the experiment. During the experimental period of 24 days, heifers were tethered in stalls with concrete floors for all 24, last 10 or last 3 days, or stayed in the pens for the whole...
Spatial distribution and behaviour of laying hens housed in an alternative system
Contributor(s):: Channing, C. E., Hughes, B. O., Walker, A. W.
The spatial distribution and behaviour of perchery housed laying hens were compared at a constant stocking density (18.5 birds/m2) in eight pens with colonies of five different sizes (323 birds (N=1), 374 birds (N=2), 431 birds (N=2), 572 birds (N=1) and 912 birds (N=2)). The birds were placed in...
The sound of a wild snail eating (excerpts)
Contributor(s):: Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Elisabeth Tova Bailey tells the inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris—a common forest snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches as the snail takes up residence on her nightstand. She discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this...