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Advances in understanding the needs and improving the welfare of transition dairy cows

Code: 9781801460965
Julia Lomb, University of British Columbia, Canada; and Kathryn L. Proudfoot, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Chapter synopsis: One of the most challenging time periods in a dairy cow’s life is when she gives birth and transitions into lactation (the ‘transition’ period). This chapter reviews the latest research assessing the welfare of transition cows. The chapter begins by focusing on the biological health of dairy cows before and after giving birth, as cows are at high risk of disease post-calving. It then goes on to discuss the affective states of transition dairy dairy cows, including pain associated with labor and disease. Finally, the chapter concludes by assessing the natural maternal behavior of cows before calving through a case study.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2020.0084.11
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Biological functioning 3 Affective states 4 Natural living 5 Case study: Maternity pen design and management 6 Conclusion and future trends 7 Where to look for further information 8 References

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