Assessment of culled dairy cows on farm, and at livestock auction markets in Ontario

dc.contributor.advisorHaley, Derek
dc.contributor.advisorDuffield, Todd
dc.contributor.authorMoorman, Allison K.G.
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-07T20:14:44Z
dc.date.available2018-09-07T20:14:44Z
dc.date.copyrightJul-18
dc.date.created2018-07-20
dc.date.issued2018-09-07
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Population Medicineen_US
dc.degree.departmentCampbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfareen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmePopulation Medicineen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis investigated the cull cow sector of the Canadian dairy industry. There is little research investigating the condition of cows sold at auction markets, comparisons of auction market cows to industry standards and federal transport legislation, or what influences a producer’s decision to send a cull cow to auction. A total of 4,460 culled dairy cows were assessed at three Ontario auction markets, according to proAction® industry standards. The main issues identified were low body condition and abnormal gait. These conditions were associated with a significantly lower selling price. Subsequently, 47 dairy producers were provided with culled cow evaluation forms to encourage them to conduct a systematic assessment of each cow leaving their farm. Use of the form increased the time producers spent assessing cows, increased their confidence in related decision-making, and motivated them to use the form for developing their own standard operating procedure for shipping cattle.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOntario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
dc.description.sponsorshipDairy Farmers of Ontario
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/14269
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.5/ca/*
dc.subjectEpidemiologyen_US
dc.subjectCulled cowsen_US
dc.subjectCattle transorten_US
dc.subjectDairy industryen_US
dc.titleAssessment of culled dairy cows on farm, and at livestock auction markets in Ontarioen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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