[The lying and rumination behavior of healthy dairy cows housed in tie stalls is associated with bedding depth].

Bernhard, J. K.; Stucki, D.; Achermann, R. L.; Rediger, R.; Fadul, M.; Steiner, A. (2021). [The lying and rumination behavior of healthy dairy cows housed in tie stalls is associated with bedding depth]. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 163(6), pp. 419-429. Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte 10.17236/sat00306

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INTRODUCTION

The lying and rumination behavior of dairy cows is internationally used as an animal welfare indicator. Dairy cow housing in Switzerland is subordinated to detailed legal requirements. It is particularly described that the lying area for cows must be covered with a sufficient amount of bedding. In the current study, we investigated whether bedding depth influences the lying and rumination behavior and thus, the animal welfare of healthy dairy cows housed in tie stalls. Bedding depth was categorized as ≤ 2 cm and > 2 cm. The lying and rumination behavior of 145 cows from 33 farms was recorded and analyzed considering farm effects; 105 cows were housed on ≤ 2 cm bedding, and 40 cows on > 2 cm bedding. Cows on > 2 cm bedding had on average a one hour longer daily lying time compared with cows on ≤ 2 cm bedding (mixed-effects linear regression: mean difference [cows on > 2 cm bedding - cows on ≤ 2 cm bedding] = 60,7 min/d; standard error = 28,6 min/d; p-value = 0,037). The odds of a cow to lie while ruminating were significantly higher in cows on > 2 cm bedding against cows on ≤ 2 cm bedding (mixed-effects logistic regression: Odds ratio = 1,27; CI95% [1,17-1,38]; p-value  2 cm can make a significant difference in the lying and rumination behavior of healthy dairy cows housed in tie stalls. Consequently, the animal welfare of dairy cows in tie stalls is improved by providing at least 2 cm of bedding.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Clinic for Ruminants

UniBE Contributor:

Bernhard, Johanna Karin; Stucki, Dimitri Yves; Rediger, David; Fadul, Mahmoud Mohamed Osman and Steiner, Adrian

Subjects:

500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

1664-2848

Publisher:

Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte

Language:

German

Submitter:

Nathalie Viviane Zollinger

Date Deposited:

18 Jun 2021 11:14

Last Modified:

18 Jun 2021 11:20

Publisher DOI:

10.17236/sat00306

PubMed ID:

34097636

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Anbindestall Einstreutiefe Liegezeit Rindvieh Tierwohl Wiederkauen animal welfare bedding depth benessere animale bien-être animal bovini bovins cattle durée de couchage lying time profondità della lettiera rumination ruminazione stabulation entravée stabulazione fissa tempo di riposo tie stall épaisseur de litière

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/156971

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/156971

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