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Understanding the behaviour of dairy cattle

Code: 9781838791582
C. J. C. Phillips, University of Queensland, Australia

Chapter synopsis: In recent years, I have developed the necessary tools to gain a thorough understanding of cow behaviour in intensive management systems. This improved understanding can facilitate the design of new, sustainable management systems, which promote cattle welfare. In this chapter, I provide an overview of the study of cattle preferences and behaviour. I consider the importance of understanding the perceptual world of cows, and then how the preferences and emotions of cows are revealed through their social, nutritional and reproductive behaviour; their movements; and their responses during transport and slaughter. Careful research to identify cows’ emotional responses to increasingly artificial environments should facilitate the identification of systems that are more conducive to high levels of welfare.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0006.01
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Studying the preferences of cattle: an overview 3 Cattle perception 4 Social, nutritional and reproductive behaviour 5 Locomotion and resting 6 Behaviour during transport and slaughter 7 Conclusions 8 Future trends 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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