Margit Bak Jensen

Seniorforsker

Margit Bak Jensen
Se relationer på Aarhus Universitet

Profil

My research includes development and validation of methods to quantify behavioural needs in farm animals, and I have applied these methods to answer current questions in relation to animal welfare in a range of farm animal species. My research on pigs includes studies of the motivation controlling exploratory and feeding behaviour to identify causes of abnormal behaviour and to identify appropriate environmental enrichment. Research in dairy calves includes studies of the effect of physical and social environment on the development of social behaviour and play behaviour, as well as research on milk feeding methods for group housed calves that minimise competition and prevent abnormal cross-sucking behaviour. Current research investigates the effect of management and housing on behaviour and welfare of dairy cows around the time of calving, as well as the development of behaviour of dam and calf when housed together.

Current projects (main activities):

  • The self-guided cow. Development of a concept with self-served maternity pens. Green Development and Demonstration Programme of the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries (2014-2017)

Research focus

  • Behavioural methods to quantify behavioural needs in farm animals
  • Studies of the motivation controlling exploratory and feeding behaviour in
    pigs to identify causes of abnormal behaviour and to identify appropriate
    environmental enrichment
  • The effect of physical and social environment on the development of
    social behaviour and play behaviour in dairy calves
  • Milk feeding methods for group housed calves that minimise competition
    and prevent abnormal cross-sucking behaviour
  • The effect of management and housing on behaviour and welfare of dairy
    cows around the time of calving, as well as behaviour of dam and calf when
    housed together

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