Effect of solar radiation on dairy cattle behaviour, use of shade and body temperature in a pasture-based system


Our aim was to understand how protection from solar radiation influenced the behaviour and physiology of Holstein Friesian dairy cattle. We compared the behaviour and body temperature of pastured dairy cattle kept in 1of 4 treatments: no shade or free access to shade that blocked either 25, 50 or 99% of solar radiation (n = 3 groups per treatment, 3 animals… (More)


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