Behaviour of Dairy Cows, Useful Indicator in Assessing Animal Welfare

Ioana Cristina Andronie, Monica Pârvu, Viorel Andronie, Violeta Simion

Abstract


The purpose of this research was to establish the manner in which the flooring type may influence the welfare levelsin dairy cows by assessment of laminitis incidence and animals’ behaviour. 42 dairy cows were grouped based on theshelter floor surface: concrete with straw bedding, asphalted concrete with straw bedding and concrete plus shavings.The behaviour was assessed through direct observation and laminitis incidence was established by numericalassessment of locomotion prior or following milking.The results have indicated an increase of laminitis incidence by 15-25 % in B and C lot and was absent in A lot. Thelarge number of diseases was recorded on concrete floors with shavings bedding (53%). The behavioural displays ofthe cows suffering from laminitis were different from the healthy ones, as their resting behaviour outside the stallswas more prevalent (17.6% compared to 8.8%) while the feeding behaviour was less present (10.1% compared to14.7%). Likewise, the socializing behaviour was more active in these animals, compared to the healthycows.

Keywords


dairy cows; behaviour; welfare

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LUCRARI STIINTIFICE ZOOTEHNIE SI BIOTEHNOLOGII (SCIENTIFIC PAPERS ANIMAL SCIENCE AND BIOTECHNOLOGIES)

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ISSN-L  1841 - 9364
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