Dairy Animals

News and events related to dairy animal welfare.

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

https://www.boehringer-ingelheim.com/press-release/marina-von-keyserlingk-and-daniel-weary-win-first-ruminant-well-being-award

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 […]

“The Ticking Clock: Addressing Farm Animal Welfare in Emerging Countries”

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.

New research published on attitudes to pasture access for dairy cows

New research published on attitudes to pasture access for dairy cows

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 […]

Improving dairy cattle welfare in Chile

Improving dairy cattle welfare in Chile

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.

Social ‘pain’ of separation versus physical pain from dehorning for dairy calves

Social ‘pain’ of separation versus physical pain from dehorning for dairy calves

Paper published in PLoS ONE asseses emotional response of dairy calves after separation from the dam.

Dairy Cattle Welfare Research in Brazil

Dairy Cattle Welfare Research in Brazil

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 […]

Attitudes to cow-calf separation research featured in latest issue of Progressive Dairyman

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 […]

Using Technology to Automatically Measure Social Behaviour

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 […]

AWP Research Wins at North Carolina State Undergraduate Symposium

AWP Research Wins at North Carolina State Undergraduate Symposium

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 […]

Julie Huzzey Joins Cal Polytechnic

Julie Huzzey Joins Cal Polytechnic

Julie Huzzey, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in UBC’s Animal Welfare Program, recently accepted a faculty position as Assistant Professor in Animal Behavior within the Animal Science Department at California Polytechnic State University. Cal Poly Animal Science boasts one of the most comprehensive hands-on learning programs in the USA and is known as a leader in undergraduate […]

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