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Cow talk : understanding dairy cow behaviour to improve their welfare on Asian farms

Author: John Moran; Rebecca Doyle
Publisher: Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing, 2015.
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The aim of this manual is to improve the welfare of dairy cattle in tropical developing countries, and by doing so, optimise cow and herd performance. It gives the stockmen and farmers directly concerned with the cattle a better understanding of animal behaviour and the ways cattle communicate their comfort or distress. The book discusses normal cattle behaviour and shows how domestication and breeding can affect  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Doyle, Rebecca.
Cow Talk : Understanding Dairy Cow Behaviour to Improve Their Welfare on Asian Farms.
Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Moran; Rebecca Doyle
ISBN: 9781486301621 1486301622 9781486301638 1486301630
OCLC Number: 902958102
Description: 1 online resource (256 pages) illustrations.
Contents: 1 Introduction; 1.1 What this book is all about; 1.2 Outline of this book; 1.3 Small holder dairy development in tropical Asia; 1.4 What do dairy cows really want?; 2 Cow welfare; 2.1 What is animal welfare?; 2.2 Why animal welfare is important; 2.3 Common welfare issues on dairy farms; 2.4 Animal welfare resources and international regulatory agencies; 3 The implications of cattle domestication; 3.1 How modern day cattle evolved3.2 Impacts of domestication; 3.3 Impacts on behaviour; 4 Cattle behaviour; 4.1 The development of cow behaviour; 4.2 The five senses; 4.3 Behavioural indicators of poor welfare; 4.4 Animal movement; 4.5 Social behaviours; 4.6 Cattle-human interactions; 4.7 Practical ways to improve cow flow; 4.8 Recent behavioural problems arising in cattle; 5 Observing cow signals; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Don't just look, observe; 5.3 Cow signals while grazing; 5.4 Cow signals in the cowshed; 5.5 Cow signals at the feed trough; 5.6 Cow signals in the milking parlour; 5.7 Signals given out by calves and heifers5.8 Signals given out by dry cows; 5.9 Cow signals of heat stress; 6 Quantifying cow signals; 6.1 Scoring body condition; 6.2 Locomotion and lameness scoring; 6.3 Hoof scoring; 6.4 Leg scoring; 6.5 Scoring cow hygiene and shed cleanliness; 6.6 Rumen scoring; 6.7 Manure scoring; 6.8 Teat scoring; 6.9 Panting score; 7 Cow comfort; 7.1 Introduction; 7.2 Stalls for shedded cows; 7.3 Other cowshed equipment; 7.4 Examples of complete cow housing systems; 8 Auditing cow welfare; 8.1 Indicators of animal welfare; 8.2 Case studies of dairy cow welfare; 9 Stock management on Asian small holder dairy farms9.1 Dairy farming in the developing tropics; 9.2 Shedding dairy stock in tropical Asia; 9.3 Constraints to farm performance and profitability; 9.4 Checklist to assess current farm management and herd welfare; 10 A protocol for the welfare of stock on tropical small holder dairy farms; 10.1 Standard Operating Procedures; 10.2 Animal welfare protocols for dairy stock on tropical small holder farms; 11 Conclusions; 11.1 Considering current production constraints on tropical dairy farms; 11.2 The genotypes of dairy stock imported onto tropical dairy farms11.3 The role for model farms; 11.4 In summary; Appendices; Appendix 1 Temperature Humidity Index; Appendix 2 Checklist to assess current farm management and herd welfare; Appendix 3 Cow signals to assess health and welfare; Appendix 4 Cow signals to assess sickness and distress; Appendix 5 A scoring system to assess dairy cow welfare on any farm; Appendix 6 Animal welfare agencies in Australia.
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