Externally funded project

Loose housing systems for horned dairy cows


Project Details
Project duration: 01/200412/2010


Abstract


Up to now there don't exist any specifications on dimensions of loose housing systems for horned cows, the existing norms about dimensions are made for dehorned cows. The aim of the project is to find the adequate dimensions and designs of housing systems and relevant management factors for keeping horned cows in loose housing systems, without having problems with injuries and stressed animals. Therefore an investigation of the influence of extra space in diverse housing areas on the (social) behaviour and the frequency of skin injuries in a research herd is made. In an inquiry on farms the housing conditions and the skin injuries of the cows are recorded and the farmer is interviewed about his management methods and experiences.



In corporation with: Schneider, C. and Klocke, P. Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, Schweiz.



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