Calves' responses to repeated social regrouping and relocation.

  title={Calves' responses to repeated social regrouping and relocation.},
  author={Isabelle Veissier and Alain Boissy and A M. DePassill{\'e} and Jeffrey Rushen and Cornelis G. van Reenen and Sabine Roussel and St{\'e}phane Andanson and Ph Pradel},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  volume={79 10},
Because of welfare concerns and increased labor efficiency, calves are increasingly housed in groups. To reduce variability in live weight within groups, farmers frequently regroup calves according to growth rate. We assessed the consequences of repeated regrouping and relocation on the welfare of 32 male Holstein calves housed in pairs. Animals of half of the pairs (regrouped calves) were placed in a new pen with a new partner once a week for 14 wk. Animals of the other half of the pairs… CONTINUE READING


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