RESEARCHES ON POSTPARTUM FEEDING AND ELIMINATION BEHAVIOR OF THE DAM-CALF COUPLE

I. TRIPON, G. STANCIU, L.T. CZISZTER, D. GAVOJDIAN, S. ACATINCĂI, SIMONA BAUL

Abstract


The aim of this paper was to measure the main aspects that characterize the feedingand elimination behavior of the dam-calf couple during the first week after calving.The experiments were carried out in winter on 5 dam-calf couples. During theexperiments the following feeding and elimination behavior aspects weredetermined: number of feeding periods, the length of feeding periods, number ofruminating periods, the length of ruminating periods, the number of drinkingperiods, number of defecations and urinations. Data was computed byANOVA/MANOVA. Results showed that the mother cows spent daily in average on aday 256.5 minutes for feeding and 306.8 minutes for ruminating. The cows drankwater 7.7 times per day. The calves suckled on average 4.4 times daily and thelength of a suckling period was 11.9 minutes. Mother cows defecated in average 6.4times daily and urinated on average 3 times a day.Key words: feeding behavior, elimination behavior

Keywords


feeding behavior; elimination behavior; mother cows; newly born calf; Romanian Black and White Cows

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