Use of the Hebb-Williams closed-field test to study the learning ability of Jersey cows

  title={Use of the Hebb-Williams closed-field test to study the learning ability of Jersey cows},
  author={Robert J. Kilgour},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • R. Kilgour
  • Published 1 August 1981
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
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e aim of this study was to test the effect of sire line on maze learning ability and locomotor behav - iour in open-field tests of heifers, consistency over the time of grid crossing and relationship
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Learning and the training of farm animals.
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The results indicated that the rearing method up to weaning may have an impact on dairy cows' performance and behaviour.


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Learning rate and use of visual information in five animal species
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Concurrent schedule assessment of food preference in cows.
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Response by the calf to stimulus change
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Electric shocks during machine milking.
Despite improvements in machine and shed design, electrical voltages on milking machines continue to be high.