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

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