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  1. Human-Animal Relationship in Dairy Farming: Evaluation of measures for on-farm application and investigation of influences on cows´ behaviour towards humans

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    | Contributor(s):: Asja Ebinghaus

    The objective of the present thesis was (1) to evaluate measures of the human-animal relationship (HAR) in dairy cows regarding their reliability, validity and practical applicability in animal welfare science and breeding. (2) Moreover, important human and farm influences on the cows´...

  2. Hair Cortisol in Sheltered Cows and Its Association with Other Welfare Indicators

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    | Contributor(s):: Arvind Sharma, Govindhaswamy Umapathy, Vinod Kumar, Clive J. C. Phillips

    India, the country with the largest population of dairy cows in the world, has a policy of retiring abandoned and non-lactating cows in shelters, but the level of provision for their welfare in these shelters is unclear. Cows in 54 shelters across India were assessed for historic evidence of...

  3. Milking it for all it’s worth: Unpalatable practices, dairy cows and veterinary work?

    | Contributor(s):: Clarke, Caroline, Knights, David

  4. Behavioral and Haemato-Biochemical Responses of Nguni and Boran Steers Post Relocation and Herd Regrouping in a Novel Environment

    | Contributor(s):: Slayi, Mhlangabezi, Muchenje, Voster, Njisane, Yonela Zifikile

  5. Associations between On-farm Welfare, Milk Production, and Reproductive Performance in Dairy Herds in Northwestern Spain

    | Contributor(s):: Bugueiro, Ana, Fouz, Ramiro, Diéguez, Francisco J.

  6. Effect of positive tactile stimulation and prepartum milking routine training on behavior, cortisol and oxytocin in milking, milk composition, and milk yield in Gyr cows in early lactation

    | Contributor(s):: Ujita, Aska, El Faro, Lenira, Vicentini, Rogério Ribeiro, Pereira Lima, Maria Lucia, de Oliveira Fernandes, Leonardo, Oliveira, André Penido, Veroneze, Renata, Negrão, João Alberto

  7. Threshold values to discriminate grazing activity of dairy cows by an uni-axial accelerometer as affected by grazing season and herbage mass

    | Contributor(s):: Piña, Luis F., Balocchi, Oscar A., Keim, Juan P., Pulido, Rubén G., Rosas, Felipe

  8. Subjective methods of quantifying temperament in heifers are indicative of physiological stress

    | Contributor(s):: Parham, Jamie T., Blevins, Sarah R., Tanner, Amy E., Wahlberg, Mark L., Swecker, William S., Lewis, Ronald M.

  9. Degree of affinity among dairy heifers affects access to feed supplementation

    | Contributor(s):: de Sousa, Karolini Tenffen, Machado Filho, Luiz Carlos Pinheiro, Bica, Gabriela Schenato, Deniz, Matheus, Hötzel, Maria José

  10. The Welfare of Cows in Indian Shelters

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    | Contributor(s):: Arvind Sharma, Uttara Kennedy, Catherine Schuetze, Clive J. C. Phillips

    Cow shelters (gaushalas) are unique traditional institutions in India, where aged, infertile, diseased, rescued, and abandoned cows are sheltered for the rest of their life, until they die of natural causes. These institutions owe their existence to the reverence for the cow as a holy mother...

  11. Methodology for experimental and observational animal studies in cow-calf contact systems

    | Contributor(s):: de Oliveira, D., Barth, K., Haskell, M. J., Hillmann, E., Jensen, M. B., Johnsen, J. F., Mejdell, C., Waiblinger, S., Ferneborg, S.

  12. Talking to Cows: Reactions to Different Auditory Stimuli During Gentle Human-Animal Interactions

    | Contributor(s):: Lange, A., Bauer, L., Futschik, A., Waiblinger, S., Lürzel, S.

  13. Short- and long-term effects of rearing dairy calves with contact to their mother on their reactions towards humans

    | Contributor(s):: Waiblinger, S., Wagner, K., Hillmann, E., Barth, K.

  14. Fecal Cortisol Metabolites in Dairy Cows: A Cross-Sectional Exploration of Associations with Animal, Stockperson, and Farm Characteristics

    | Contributor(s):: Ebinghaus, A., Knierim, U., Simantke, C., Palme, R., Ivemeyer, S.

  15. Herd-Level on-Farm Mortality in Extensively Managed Beef Herds

    | Contributor(s):: Mõtus, Kerli, Niine, Tarmo, Viltrop, Arvo, Emanuelson, Ulf

    The herd on-farm mortality rate is an indicator of herd animal health and welfare status. The aim of the present study was to describe herd-level on-farm mortality rates and to identify risk factors that contribute to high herd mortality rates. Online or postal questionnaires were sent to 676...

  16. Relation between stockperson behavior toward cows in a holding area and milk yields

    | Contributor(s):: Saito, H., Seo, T.

  17. Effects of horn status on behaviour in fattening cattle in the field and during reactivity tests

    | Contributor(s):: Reiche, Anna-Maria, Dohme-Meier, Frigga, Claudia Terlouw, E. M.

    Disbudding is in the short-term invasive and needs pharmacological pain treatment but it facilitates animal management. The present study investigates the longer-term consequences on behaviour to evaluate possible effects on animal welfare. Experiment 1 (E1) used 81 bulls up to the age of 12 and...

  18. Early social experiences do not affect first lactation production traits, longevity or locomotion reaction to group change in female dairy cattle

    | Contributor(s):: Valníčková, Barbora, Šárová, Radka, Špinka, Marek

    Under natural conditions cows and their calves live together. In dairy practice, calves are separated from their mothers within hours after birth and then housed individually. This study investigated the effects of the presence of the dam during the colostrum feeding period and subsequent group...

  19. Cow in Motion: A review of the impact of housing systems on movement opportunity of dairy cows and implications on locomotor activity

    | Contributor(s):: Shepley, Elise, Lensink, Joop, Vasseur, Elsa

    As humans, we recognize the importance of exercise. We go to the gym, walk our dogs, and ride our horses. Even our hamsters get a wheel to run on. Considering this, it is surprising that, when it comes to the production animals that make up the bulk of domestic animals, the concept of ‘exercise’...

  20. Validity aspects of behavioural measures to assess cows’ responsiveness towards humans

    | Contributor(s):: Schmitz, Laura, Ebinghaus, Asja, Ivemeyer, Silvia, Domas, Leonie, Knierim, Ute

    Different measures reflecting the cows’ behavioural responses towards humans are used for the assessment of the human–animal relationship (HAR). Besides the established avoidance distance (AD), different handling tests, such as the tolerance to tactile interaction (TTI), release behaviour after...