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Farm- and Cow-Level Effects on the Behavioral Patterns of Dairy Cows Milked with Automatic Systems

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Title: Farm- and Cow-Level Effects on the Behavioral Patterns of Dairy Cows Milked with Automatic Systems
Author: Deming, Justine Adams
Department: Department of Animal and Poultry Science
Program: Animal and Poultry Science
Advisor: DeVries, Trevor
Abstract: The objective of this thesis was to determine the effect of housing and feeding management and cow characteristics on the behavioral patterns of cows in automated milking systems (AMS). In a first study, increasing frequency of feed delivery from 1 to 2x/d for cows milked in an AMS resulted in longer lying duration. In that study, lame cows milked less frequently, had increased lying durations and more frequent lying bouts. In a second, cross-sectional study of 13 AMS farms it was found that cows had longer lying durations when given more space at the feed bunk and when their feed was pushed up more frequently. Milking frequency increased as cows/AMS decreased. Milk yield increased with space at the feed bunk. Overall, these results suggest that feeding management, robot and bunk-space availability, and health status affect the behavior and production of AMS-milked cows.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3700
Date: 2012-06-11


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