Study on Feeding and Rumination Behavior in Three Months of Age Calves from Romanian Black and White Breed during Summer

Iulian Tripon, Marian Bura, Stelian Acatincăi, Ludovic Toma Cziszter, Dinu Gavojdian, Simona Baul, Silvia Erina, Atila Iosif Bognar

Abstract


The aim of this paper was to measure the main aspects that characterize the feeding and rumination behavior of threemonths old calves during the summer season when daily temperatures were normal (daily peak of +30°C) and duringdays with very high temperatures (daily peak +41°C). During the experiments the following feeding and ruminationbehavior aspects were determined: number of feeding periods, the length of feeding periods, number of ruminatingperiods and length of rumination periods. Results showed that calves spent feeding, on average 383.7 minutes per dayduring 13.1 feeding periods with an average length of 29.5 minutes when the when the daily temperatures werenormal and 341.7 minutes per day during 12.9 feeding periods with an average length of 26.7 minutes when the dailytemperatures were very high. Calves ruminated on average 396.1 minutes per day during 15.6 rumination periodswith an average length of 25.5 minutes during the summer season when temperatures were normal (daily peak of+30°C). Calves ruminated on average 331.3 minutes per day during 13.1 rumination periods with an average lengthof 25.5 minutes during the summer season when temperatures were very high (daily peak of +41°C).

Keywords


calves; feeding behavior; rumination behavior; Romanian Black and White breed

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

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