Cow preference and usage of free stalls compared with an open pack area.

@article{Fregonesi2009CowPA,
  title={Cow preference and usage of free stalls compared with an open pack area.},
  author={Jose A. Fregonesi and Marina A G von Keyserlingk and Daniel M Weary},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  year={2009},
  volume={92 11},
  pages={5497-502}
}
Free-stall housing systems are designed to provide a comfortable and hygienic lying area, but some aspects of stall design may restrict usage by cows. The aim of this study was to compare free-stall housing with a comparable lying area (open pack) without stall partitions. We predicted that cows would spend more time lying down and standing in the bedded area when provided access to an open pack than when in free stalls. We also predicted that cows would spend less time standing outside of the… CONTINUE READING