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Can cattle handling affect morbidity?
| Contributor(s):: Ronald Gill
BOARD-INVITED REVEIW: Animal welfare in the U.S. slaughter industry- A focus on fed cattle
| Contributor(s):: Edwards-Callaway, L. N., Calvo-Lorenzo, M. S.
Personality is associated with feeding behavior and performance in dairy calves
| Contributor(s):: Neave, H. W., Costa, J. H. C., Weary, D. M., von Keyserlingk, M. A. G.
Market-driven dairying and the politics of value, labor and affect in Gujarat, India
| Contributor(s):: Daftary, Dolly
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.
Effect of feed allowance at pasture on the lying behaviour of dairy cows
| Contributor(s):: O’Driscoll, Keelin, Lewis, Eva, Kennedy, Emer
In temperate climates where cows are primarily managed at pasture shortages of grass could result in nutritional deficits for the cow and may have a variety of behavioural consequences. Lying behaviour is one of the most researched aspects of dairy cow behaviour, and can provide insights into cow...
Associations between precision sensor data with productivity, health and welfare indicator traits in native black and white dual-purpose cattle under grazing conditions
| Contributor(s):: Jaeger, Maria, Brügemann, Kerstin, Brandt, Horst, König, Sven
The aim of the study was to analyse the relationships between conventional production as well as subjectively scored welfare assessment traits with longitudinal sensor measurements (i.e., behavioural activity traits) of dual-purpose cattle kept in grazing systems. Such aim implies getting...
Use of social network analysis to improve the understanding of social behaviour in dairy cattle and its impact on disease transmission
| Contributor(s):: de Freslon, Inès, Martínez-López, Beatriz, Belkhiria, Jaber, Strappini, Ana, Monti, Gustavo
A better comprehension of cattle contact structure can enhance the prevention of the transmission of infectious agents within livestock farms. Social network analysis has proven to provide a more accurate picture of social structures than traditional methods. In this study, we focused on...
Subjective methods to quantify temperament in beef cattle are insensitive to the number and biases of observers
| Contributor(s):: Parham, Jamie T., Tanner, Amy E., Wahlberg, Mark L., Grandin, Temple, Lewis, Ronald M.
Associations between excitable temperament and many economically relevant traits have been established, resulting in an increased focus on docility in breeding programs in cattle. Several methods have been proposed to quantify temperament during normal handling procedures, which appear to differ...
Temperamental cattle acclimate more substantially to repeated handling
| Contributor(s):: Parham, Jamie T., Tanner, Amy E., Barkley, Katharine, Pullen, Lyla, Wahlberg, Mark L., Swecker, William S., Lewis, Ronald M.
Temperament of cattle impacts efficiency of production systems, including animal well-being. In being heritable, temperament can be augmented through selection. Current methods to evaluate temperament in a production setting include chute score (CS), exit score (ES), and exit velocity (EV), which...
Classification of ingestive-related cow behaviours using RumiWatch halter and neck-mounted accelerometers
| Contributor(s):: Benaissa, Said, Tuyttens, Frank A. M., Plets, David, Cattrysse, Hannes, Martens, Luc, Vandaele, Leen, Joseph, Wout, Sonck, Bart
A new simple decision-tree (DT) algorithm was developed using the data from a neck-mounted accelerometer for real-time classification of feeding and ruminating behaviours of dairy cows. The performance of the DT was compared to that of a support vector machine (SVM) algorithm and a RumiWatch...
Qualitative Behavioural Assessment of Bos indicus cattle after surgical castration
| Contributor(s):: Vindevoghel, Thinza V., Fleming, Patricia A., Hyndman, Timothy H., Musk, Gabrielle C., Laurence, Michael, Collins, Teresa
There are various methods to perform castration of cattle, but surgical castration is the most common. Although it is well documented that surgical procedures inflict pain, analgesic use is usually omitted for surgical castration of production animals in Australia. This study compares the...
Effects of surface type in an uncovered stand-off pad system on comfort and welfare of non-lactating dairy cows during winter
| Contributor(s):: Al-Marashdeh, Omar, Cameron, Keith C., Bryant, Racheal H., Chen, Ao, McGowan, Briar, Gillé-Perrier, Corentine, Carey, Peter, Chrystal, Jane, Hodge, Simon, Edwards, Grant R.
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...
Comprehensive analysis of affiliative and agonistic social networks in lactating dairy cattle groups
| Contributor(s):: Foris, Borbala, Zebunke, Manuela, Langbein, Jan, Melzer, Nina
The social environment of dairy cattle is important for their welfare under modern housing and management conditions. Social tension can negatively affect individuals even in a well-designed and healthy environment whereas affiliative behaviour may improve their well-being. The complex social...
Relationships between feeding behaviour, activity, dominance and feed efficiency in finishing beef steers
| Contributor(s):: Haskell, Marie J., Rooke, John A., Roehe, Rainer, Turner, Simon P., Hyslop, James J., Waterhouse, Anthony, Duthie, Carol-Anne
To increase the profitability and sustainability of beef production systems, the use of animals with high feed efficiency is preferred. Efficient animals eat less than their peers for the same or better growth. This efficiency can be measured using feed conversion ratios (FCR) and residual feed...
The impact of fetching at night on milking parlour visitation for pasture-based dairy cattle
| Contributor(s):: Wildridge, Ashleigh M., Thomson, Peter C., Garcia, Sergio C., Jongman, Ellen C., Clark, Cameron E. F., Kerrisk, Kendra L.
In most pasture-based automatic milking systems (AMS), three-way grazing (3WG) is utilised and cows that remain in a given paddock are fetched or encouraged to the milking facility (each paddock is cleared once per day). Fetching is ideally undertaken within 15 h of the opening of each pasture...
Motivation of naïve feedlot cattle to obtain grain and individual responses to novelty
| Contributor(s):: Van Os, Jennifer M. C., Mintline, Erin M., DeVries, Trevor J., Tucker, Cassandra B.
Beef cattle may be fattened before slaughter using a high-energy, grain-based diet. Although previous research suggests cattle prefer grain, their motivation to obtain this feed has not been quantified. The objective of this study was to evaluate the motivation of naïve feedlot cattle to consume...
Development of test for determining olfactory investigation of complex odours in cattle
| Contributor(s):: Rørvang, Maria Vilain, Jensen, Margit Bak, Nielsen, Birte Lindstrøm
The sense of smell is likely to influence the behaviour of domestic and captive animals in a wide range of management and housing situations. In domestic cattle, there may be unexploited potential for using odours and olfaction in the management; however, published studies on bovine olfactory...
How to measure dairy cows’ responsiveness towards humans in breeding and welfare assessment? A comparison of selected behavioural measures and existing breeding traits
| Contributor(s):: Ebinghaus, Asja, Ivemeyer, Silvia, Lauks, Vanessa, Santos, Laura, Brügemann, Kerstin, König, Sven, Knierim, Ute
For dairy cattle breeding as well as animal welfare science reliability and validity issues regarding measures of cows’ responsiveness towards humans are relevant. The objective of this study was to investigate reliability and validity aspects of four selected behavioural measures at the feeding...
Inter- and intra-observer reliability of different methods for recording temperament in beef and dairy calves
| Contributor(s):: Vogt, Anina, Aditia, Edit Lesa, Schlechter, Imke, Schütze, Susanne, Geburt, Katrin, Gauly, Matthias, König von Borstel, Uta
Breeding of cattle with docile temperament can simplify routine practices and enhance welfare of cattle in common production systems. The aim of the study was to compare and validate some aspects of assessment methods for temperament traits in cattle for their potential use in breeding...