The effect of temporary deprivation of lying and feeding on the behaviour and production of lactating dairy cows

Cooper, M.A., Arney, D.R. and Phillips, Clive J.C. (2008) The effect of temporary deprivation of lying and feeding on the behaviour and production of lactating dairy cows. Animal, 2 2: 275-283. doi:10.1017/S1751731107001164


Author Cooper, M.A.
Arney, D.R.
Phillips, Clive J.C.
Title The effect of temporary deprivation of lying and feeding on the behaviour and production of lactating dairy cows
Journal name Animal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1751-7311
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1751731107001164
Open Access Status
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 275
End page 283
Total pages 9
Editor Doreau, M.
Place of publication UK
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Subject C1
070207 Humane Animal Treatment
830302 Dairy Cattle
Abstract Two experiments were conducted to examine the effects of depriving dairy cows of the ability to feed and lie down for short periods, on behaviour and production. In experiment 1, cows were deprived by confining them in pairs in a pen for 2 or 4 h, and they more frequently exhibited behaviour likely to suggest discomfort – leg stamping, repositioning themselves, shifting their weight between legs and butting. After deprivation, the cows deprived for 2 h made up their lost feeding time within 24 h, but cows deprived for 4 h did not restore their feeding time within the 41-h period of observation. Lying time was not restored in either treatment within the 41-h period. Milk yield was not affected by the treatment. However, in experiment 2, when cows were deprived of feeding and lying for 4 h, during which time their hooves were trimmed (which is likely to be a painful and stressful procedure and result in some discomfort for a period post-trimming) the evidence suggested that milk yield was reduced by approximately 2 l/day for 3 days, with corresponding increases during the subsequent 2 days. Walking speed on returning to the herd was the same as before the treatment. In summary, temporary deprivation of feeding and lying for 2 and 4 h/day induced behaviours that were indicative of discomfort and frustration but had no negative effect on milk production, except when 4 h of deprivation was accompanied by foot trimming.
Keyword Behaviour
Dairy cows
Feeding
Lying
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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