The effect of herbage allowance and distance on day-time preference of dairy cows to be indoors or at pasture

Motupalli, P.R., Rutter, S.M., Bleach, E.C.L. and Sinclair, L.A. (2012) The effect of herbage allowance and distance on day-time preference of dairy cows to be indoors or at pasture. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 3 (1). 001.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine whether herbage allowance (3000±200kg DM ha-1-high or 1800±200kg DM ha-1-low) had an influence on dairy cow preference to be indoors or at pasture. The preference of mid-late lactation Holstein dairy cows (n=16) for high/low pasture or being indoors (free-stall housing with mattresses; 1.5/cow) was tested during July-September 2011. Cows were randomly allocated into two groups of 8; each group of 8 was further divided into two groups of four, and tested during two study periods for 6 weeks each. In order to test cow motivation for access to pasture, each treatment was offered at two distances (38m-near or 254m-far). A Latin square was used to allocate each group to the order of low/high herbage and near/far distances. Cows were given 8 day training periods with access to both herbage allowances (high vs. low) followed by 5 days of measurement for each treatment. During measurements cows had free access to either being indoors or at pasture with a

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Darren Roberts
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2018 11:30
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2018 11:30
URI: http://hau.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/16948

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