News and events related to dairy animal welfare.
June 6, 2019
The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre is world renowned for its innovative dairy research. With our research we aim to improve the lives of dairy cows in practical ways. We also study how to optimize dairy cattle reproduction on farms. Did you know that calves can be optimistic as well as pessimistic? And that […]
May 3, 2019
Prof. David Fraser and graduate student Devon Wilson hosted a national meeting in Vancouver on April 30-May 1. The meeting brought together 17 experts on the marketing of dairy calves — animals that are born on dairy farms but are then sold to other farms that raise them for slaughter. The meeting included dairy farmers, […]
AWP in the News: Dairy Herd Management Reports on a recent study investigating competitive behaviour of cattle at the water trough
April 7, 2019
To see the report, follow this link!
March 28, 2019
Update!! For those who would like to link to the event online, it can be found through the Blue Jeans Network using the following information: To join the meeting on a computer or mobile phone: https://bluejeans.com/450910159?src=calendarLink Phone Dial-in +1.888.240.2560 (US Toll Free) +1.866.226.4650 (US Toll Free) Global Numbers: https://www.bluejeans.com/premium-numbers Meeting ID: 450 910 159 Room […]
March 21, 2019
I grew up in Germany where I received my veterinary degree in 2008, and practiced as a dairy vet for 4 years. In 2013, I joined UBC’s Animal Welfare Program, first as an international student scholar, then as PhD student in 2014. During my PhD I investigated how healthy and sick dairy cows differ in […]
January 29, 2019
The week the journal Animal Welfare published its first ever complete volume of open access papers. This volume, entitled “Animal Welfare Reconsidered”, consists of a series of papers that all seek to provide critical reflection on topics relevant to animal welfare. Animal welfare is conceptually challenging and methodologically vexatious, and any changes required to improve welfare are often difficult […]
December 13, 2018
Click here to an article which cites Nina Von Keyserlingk on the use of tie stalls in the dairy industry.
December 13, 2018
Click here for a link to the article titled, “How a P.E.I. dairy farmer can tell what his cattle’s outlook on life is”
December 13, 2018
On December 1, 2018 at the annual University of Bern Academic Ceremonies, Nina von Keyserlingk was presented with the Hans Sigrist prize. The Prize citation reads: Professor Marina von Keyserlingk of the The University of British Columbia, is the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare at the Faculty of Land and […]
December 5, 2018
PhD student Benjamin Lecorps was recently interviewed by CTV on his recent study investigating cow personality. To see the article, click here.
November 14, 2018
September 11, 2018
The Progressive Dairyman recently published an article written by PhD Student Katie Koralesky. Use and perceptions of on-farm emergency slaughter in British Columbia
September 6, 2018
A study out of the Animal Welfare Program was highlighted in an article in The New York Times titled “ Give a Cow a Brush and Watch it Scratch That Itch”. The article reports on work recently published in Biology Letters investigating the motivation of dairy cows to access a mechanical brush. Click here to view the […]
June 29, 2018
It is with great pleasure that ADSA and DeLaval Inc. present Marina A. G. von Keyserlingk with the 2018 DeLaval Dairy Extension Award. The DeLaval Dairy Extension Award was created to recognize outstanding achievements in dairy extension. The winner must have made a valuable and noteworthy contribution to the dairy industry through dairy extension in […]
May 25, 2018
Christine is completing her PhD in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her research focuses on how dairy farmers and veterinarians can cooperate to improve calf welfare. Prior to coming to UBC, Christine worked with exotic and domestic animals in zoological, sanctuary, educational, and farm settings. In addition, she worked internationally with smallholder […]