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Type of document: Conference Proceedings
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Cynthia Verwer Ph.D.
Language of document: English
Title in English: Effect of cow-calf contact on motivation of dairy cows to access their calf
Abstract / summary in English:
It is common practice to separate dairy cows and calves within a few hours after parturition. When cow-calf contact is allowed a bond develops, even in absence of suckling, but little is known about how suckling affects the strength of this bond. The aim of this study was to assess the motivation of dairy cows with different levels of cow-calf contact to access their calf.
Keywords in English: dairy cows, calves, suckling, seperation after birth, bonding, motivation, cow-calf contact