Monitoring indices of cow comfort in free-stall-housed dairy herds.

  title={Monitoring indices of cow comfort in free-stall-housed dairy herds.},
  author={Nigel B. Cook and T. B. Bennett and Kenneth V. Nordlund},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  volume={88 11},
Indices of cow comfort are used widely by consultants in the dairy industry, with a general understanding that they are representative of lying behavior. This study examines the influence of stall base type (sand or a geotextile mattress filled with rubber crumbs) and time of measurement on 4 indices of comfort collected at hourly intervals in 12 herds, aligned by morning and afternoon milking. Stall base type significantly influenced all indices of comfort. For example, the least squares mean… CONTINUE READING
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