Behavioural interactions of dairy cows with their newborn calves and the effects of parity

  title={Behavioural interactions of dairy cows with their newborn calves and the effects of parity},
  author={S. A. Edwards and D. Broom},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • S. A. Edwards, D. Broom
  • Published 1982
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Abstract Continuous observations of 82 individually penned Friesian cows and their calves were made during the first 6 h post partum. [...] Key Result Cows showed a marked decrease in calf-directed activities with time after parturition. This was more pronounced in older animals, which recommenced ingestive behaviour sooner. The incidence of licking and other maternal behaviour depends upon the characteristics of the calf and upon the state of the mother. Close proximity between cow and calf was maintained, in…Expand Abstract
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