Learning behaviour and observed feeding patterns of dairy calves group-housed and fed using an automatic milk feeder

dc.contributor.advisorHaley, Derek
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Tanya
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-05T17:33:05Z
dc.date.available2017-09-05T17:33:05Z
dc.date.copyrightAug-17
dc.date.created2017-08-25
dc.date.issued2017-09-05
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 is an investigation of the characteristics and behaviour of calves living in a group environment and trained to drink from an automatic milk feeder (AMF). Calves (n=147) were trained on either a solid or gated stall design associated with the AMF and behaviour was observed by video and feeder data collected for 72 h after introduction. Stall design alone did not impact how quickly calves adapted to the feeder, but when calves were stratified based on how easily they were first trained on the feeder, calves trained on the solid design explored the stall and drank 2 times sooner than calves on the gated design. Once calves learned to use the AMF, they exhibited a diurnal feeding pattern at the group level which declined during dark hours and peaked when there was human activity in the room.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/11508
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectcalvesen_US
dc.subjectfeeding patternen_US
dc.subjectbehaviouren_US
dc.subjectautomatic milk feederen_US
dc.subjectlearningen_US
dc.titleLearning behaviour and observed feeding patterns of dairy calves group-housed and fed using an automatic milk feederen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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