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Persson, Hanna, 2009. Kan ät- och liggbås påverka kornas välbefinnande?. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Management



The purpose of this literature review was from dairy cows’ behaviour and welfare point of
view describe how feed bunk and cubicles in a loose house system should be designed. Today
dairy cows in Sweden and in the world have high demands because of a high milk production,
stress and higher risk of being afflicted with diseases. Through selection in breeding the best
quality can be performed, but high demands of the environment for the dairy cow is above all
also important for a good welfare and for a good milk production. Feed bunks and cubicles
are just some parts to be designed in the best way for a good animal welfare. The access of
water and feed and the possibility for movement is some fundamental factors that must be
supplied. Many individuals per feeding station give a more aggressive environment where
cows in lower ranking are pushed away. Feeding ad. lib. or more frequent feeding counteracts
an aggressive behaviour of the animals and meet the daily rhythm and the motivation that
cows have for eating. A good design of cubicles is important, not just for the comfort for the
cows but also for their health. A soft and clean bedding is what the cows prefer and it also
reduces the risk of diseases. The bedding material and the design of the cubicles shall
encourage the cows to spend their resting time there. By studying the movement of the cows
and evaluating their behaviour can cubicles and feed bunks can be designed in the best way
for a good welfare of the cows.

Main title:Kan ät- och liggbås påverka kornas välbefinnande?
Authors:Persson, Hanna
Supervisor:Svennersten Sjaunja, Kerstin
Examiner:Olofsson, Jan
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2009
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VY001 Agricultural Science Programme - Animal Science 270 HEC
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Management
Keywords:välfärd, mjölkkor, beteende, liggbås, ätbås, utformning, lösdriftsystem, välbefinnande
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