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Parity and days in milk affect cubicle occupancy in dairy cows

Churakov, Mikhail and Silvera, Anna and Gussmann, Maya and Nielsen, Per Peetz (2021). Parity and days in milk affect cubicle occupancy in dairy cows. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 244 , 105494
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Modern dairy cattle farms are usually equipped with cubicle systems to provide cows with comfortable conditions for lying down and resting. Cows are free to choose any cubicle they want, but in reality, they do not distribute themselves uniformly throughout the barn. There are many factors that affect where a cow lies down, such as hierarchy of a cow, access to resources, cow traffic nearby, etc. In this study, we used real-time location system data from two commercial farms to examine patterns of cubicle occupancy in relation to parity and lactation stage. We summarized cubicle occupancy over several days and compared different areas of the barn. Our findings suggest that, in general, there was a higher occupancy of cubicles close to the feeding areas. High parity cows lay down more frequently in cubicles close to the milking area as opposed to first lactation cows that tend to occupy less busy areas of the barn. The overall conclusion is that cubicle occupancy is not uniform throughout the barn, and patterns related to parity and DIM are seen. This information can be important for future studies on spread of diseases and for management purposes.

Authors/Creators:Churakov, Mikhail and Silvera, Anna and Gussmann, Maya and Nielsen, Per Peetz
Title:Parity and days in milk affect cubicle occupancy in dairy cows
Series Name/Journal:Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:244
Article number:105494
Number of Pages:7
ISSN:0168-1591
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:Real-time location system, Lying time, Dairy cattle
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114163
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114163
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DOI10.1016/j.applanim.2021.105494
ID Code:26099
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Management
(VH) > Dept. of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:12 Nov 2021 15:25
Metadata Last Modified:12 Nov 2021 15:31

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