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Methodology for experimental and observational animal studies in cow-calf contact systems

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  • Daiana de Oliveira, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • Kerstin Barth, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Germany
  • Marie Haskell, SRUC, United Kingdom
  • Edna Hillmann, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Margit Bak Jensen
  • Julie Føske Johnsen, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Norway
  • Cecilie Mejdell, Norwegian Veterinary Institute
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  • Susanne Waiblinger, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria
  • Sabine Ferneborg, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
In this Research Reflection we describe a common standpoint on suitable methodology for controlled and observational studies in cow-calf contact systems in dairy production. Different methods to assess behaviour, health and production in cow-calf contact systems are outlined. Knowledge and experience from researchers working in this field supplement scientific literature whenever relevant. Specific methods including study design, early behaviour of cow and calf, social behaviour relevant to cow-calf contact systems, human-animal relationships and aspects related to management (milking, weaning and separation, health) are reviewed, and recommendations formed. We expect that this paper can contribute to a better understanding of the complexity of cow-calf contact systems and help to advance research in this area of dairy production.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Dairy Research
Pages (from-to)115-121
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

    Research areas

  • cow-calf contact systems, dairy cattle, experimental design, production, welfare, Cow-calf contact systems, AVOIDANCE, PERFORMANCE, HUMANS, MATERNAL-BEHAVIOR, GENTLE INTERACTIONS, DAIRY-COWS, CALVES, HEALTH, MILK ALLOWANCE, SEPARATION

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