Dairy Animals

News and events related to dairy animal welfare.

Professor Dan Weary contributes to a critical reflection on animal welfare

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 […]

The Guardian publishes an article on tie stalls in the dairy industry

Click here to an article which cites Nina Von Keyserlingk on the use of tie stalls in the dairy industry.

CBC reports on our recent cattle personality study

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”

Nina von Keyserlingk receives 2018 Hans Sigrist Prize

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 […]

Cow personality testing study in the News

PhD student Benjamin Lecorps was recently interviewed by CTV  on his recent study investigating cow personality. To see the article, click here.

Banting Fellow to research social networks that influence farmers

In the News: Use and perceptions of on-farm emergency slaughter in British Columbia

The Progressive Dairyman recently published an article written by PhD Student Katie Koralesky. Use and perceptions of on-farm emergency slaughter in British Columbia

In the news: “Give a Cow a Brush, and Watch It Scratch That Itch”

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 […]

Marina A. G. von Keyserlingk Receives DeLaval Dairy Extension Award

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 […]

PhD student Christine Sumner wins prestigious 2017-18 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

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 […]

Marina von Keyserlingk and Daniel Weary win first ever Boehringer-Ingelheim Ruminant Well-being Award, presented at 2016 World Buiatrics Congress, Dublin, Ireland


Canadian Dairy Producers Benefit from UBC Dairy Welfare Research

Milk Producer recently featured an article highlighting how the Canadian dairy industry has benefitted from UBC welfare research. More information found in the Applied Science section on page 40:  http://www.travelpress.com/subscription/IDEA/151215_050115_MP/

Social housing reduces neophobia in dairy calves

Check out our latest paper “Complex social housing reduces food neophobia in dairy calves,” recently published in the Journal of Dairy Science and authored by PhD student Joao Henrique Cardoso Costa, colleague Rua Daros and professors Nina von Keyserlingk and Dan Weary. Calves showed reduced responses to novel foods when housed with other calves and […]

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