News and events related to dairy animal welfare.
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 […]
February 6, 2017
An article in Hoard’s Dairyman, “What people really think about farms”, talking about the ‘ideal dairy farm’ work that was featured in our most recent UBC Dairy Research Report. Click here to view the article.
Marina von Keyserlingk and Daniel Weary win first ever Boehringer-Ingelheim Ruminant Well-being Award, presented at 2016 World Buiatrics Congress, Dublin, Ireland
September 26, 2016
October 1, 2015
Editors from UBC’s student newspaper, The Ubyssey, visited the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre last month. They took some great video footage of our student researchers in action, and interviewed PhD candidate Tracy Burnett (Applied Animal Biology) on how the work we do impacts the lives of dairy animals, and benefits Canadian dairy farmers. […]
June 17, 2015
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/
October 16, 2014
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 […]
September 30, 2014
Over the last decade many emerging economies, and in particular Brazil, have established themselves as major players in global food animal production. A new paper, co-authored by our own Nina von Keyserlingk and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, examines the state of farm animal welfare in these countries.
September 30, 2014
A paper co-authored by the AWP’s Cathy Schuppli, Nina von Keyserlingk, and Dan Weary has been recently published in the J. of Animal Science. The paper, entitled “Access to Pasture for Dairy Cows: Responses from an Online Engagement,” examined the perceptions of Canadian and American participants on the importance of pasture access for dairy cows, and […]
September 18, 2014
Last weekend, our students at the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre celebrated the 110th Agassiz Fall Fair and 66th Corn Festival in Agassiz by entering the annual parade – this year, our float had the theme “MOOlti-COW-tural” to highlight the diversity of students from many different countries that are studying here!
June 25, 2014
Dr. Pilar Sepúlveda-Varas, supervised by Dr. Nina von Keyserlingk, Professor in the Animal Welfare Program, successfully defended her Doctor of Veterinary Sciences in Chile.
May 24, 2014
Paper published in PLoS ONE asseses emotional response of dairy calves after separation from the dam.
May 9, 2014
Marina (Nina) von Keyserlingk, Professor in the Animal Welfare Program, along with one of the Program’s long-standing collaborators, Dr. Maria Jose Hoetzel from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, were recently awarded a CNPq Science Without Borders Grant. Over the next three years the grant will fund Nina’s biannual visits to Brazil and provide research […]
May 8, 2014
Beth Ventura, PhD student in the Animal Welfare Program, just published an article in Progressive Dairyman that describes views on the contentious practice of separating the dairy calf from the cow shortly after birth. The results show considerable opposition to early separation of cow and calf, but at least some of the concerns may be […]
April 30, 2014
A new study, just published in the May issue of Journal of Dairy Science, explains how an electronic feed monitoring system, originally designed to record aspects of feeding behavior such as intake and time spent eating, can now be used to also estimate the number of competitive interactions that occur at the feed bunk. Competition […]
April 30, 2014
Erin Beasley, from North Carolina State University, recently completed a research internship with the Animal Welfare Program at the UBC Dairy Education and Research Center. Her project focused on studying the relationships between grooming behavior and illness in cows around the time of calving. She found that cows with a uterine infection used a mechanical […]