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Wenker, M.L., M.A.G. von Keyserlingk, E. Bokkers, B. Lecorps, C.G. van Reenen, C. Verwer and D.M. Weary. 2019. Effect of cow-calf contact on motivation of dairy cows to access their calf. p. 259-259. In: 53rd Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE): Animal Lives Worth Living. Bergen, Norway. 5 Aug 2019 → 9 Aug 2019.

Number of pages: 1

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
Effect of cow-calf contact on motivation of dairy cows to access their calf