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Exercise of tied dairy cows during the winter

aspects of motivation and preference

Loberg, Jenny (2005). Exercise of tied dairy cows during the winter. Skara : Sveriges lantbruksuniv. , Avhandling (Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens miljö och hälsa), 1652-750X ; 2005:1
ISBN 91-576-6809-4
[Licentiate thesis]

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The aim was to investigate whether tied dairy cows have a motivation to move per se when exercised during winter and whether they prefer to be outdoors or indoors when exercising. In the first experiment tied dairy cows were observed when exercised outdoors every day, twice a week or once a week. In the second experiment the preference of tied dairy cows for being indoors or outdoors during exercise was tested in two types of preference tests. Cows exercised at longer intervals walked and trotted more than did cows exercised at shorter intervals. The cows that were exercised once and twice a week explored the environment more during exercise than did cows that were exercised every day. The increase in movement with duration of confinement indicates that the cows’ motivation to move built up with time. An alternative explanation is that the walking and trotting was a response to the novelty of the exercise area. However, we did not observe a build-up of explorative behaviour with time. The cows did not show a preference for exercise either indoors or outdoors. Preference for being outdoors or indoors may therefore be independent of the motivation for movement. In future studies this preference may be assessed in a situation where the motivation for movement is controlled. In conclusion, tied dairy cows increased the amount of movement with increased length of indoor confinement. Also, the amount of explorative behaviour was greater for cows exercised less frequently than for cows exercised every day. Finally, tied dairy cows did not show a preference for indoor or outdoor exercise.

Authors/Creators:Loberg, Jenny
Title:Exercise of tied dairy cows during the winter
Subtitle:aspects of motivation and preference
Series Name/Journal:Avhandling (Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens miljö och hälsa)
Year of publishing :2005
Number of Pages:31
ALLI. Behaviour and claw health in tied dairy cows with varying access to exercise in an outdoor paddock. Jenny Loberg, Evgenij Telezhenko, Christer Bergsten, Lena Lidfors, 2004, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 89, 1-16. II. Dairy cows' preference for exercise indoors or outdoors assessed by two different preference tests. Jenny Loberg, Kristina Andersson, Margit Bak Jensen, Lena Lidfors, Submitted to Applied Animal Behaviour Science.
Place of Publication:Skara
ISBN for printed version:91-576-6809-4
Publication Type:Licentiate thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:L Animal production > L01 Animal husbandry
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:dairy cows, physical activity, locomotion, behaviour, work study
Keywords:dairy cows, motivation, preference test, locomotion, explorative behaviour
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ID Code:914
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Deposited By: Jenny Loberg
Deposited On:16 Sep 2005 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:08

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