Dairy Animals

News and events related to dairy animal welfare.

AWP students present their research at the ADSA annual meeting

Animal Welfare Program students gave 7 presentations at the American Dairy Science Association meeting in Cincinnati this past week. Pictured here are some of our students with Dan Weary and some friends from the UBC’s dairy reproduction research group and Alumni of the Animal Welfare Program.

UBC Dairy Education and Research Center Open House: July 20, 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 […]

Animal Welfare Program hosts national meeting

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

To see the report, follow this link!

Please join our panel discussion on the future of animal welfare!

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 […]

Julia Lomb Starts as a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Animal Welfare Program

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 […]

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 […]

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