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Lundvall, Josefine and Saras-Johansson, Maria, 2011. Human-animal interactions in dairy production. Second cycle, A1N, A1F or AXX ( A1N). Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Management

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It has been clearly shown that welfare and productivity of animals is affected by the human-animal interaction. Despite the fact that the human-animal interaction is decreasing in a modern dairy production there will always be an interaction between humans and cattle. The key feature in a high performing dairy production of today is a positive human-animal interaction and therefore avoiding fear against humans. Fear causes stress which leads to a decreased milk yield and possibly to a decreased content of fat and protein. Due to the various results in earlier studies, more work need to be done determining how the human contact affects the productivity of the dairy cows. This is important since the dairy farmer get paid, not only by the yield, but also based upon the composition of the milk.

Main title:Human-animal interactions in dairy production
Authors:Lundvall, Josefine and Saras-Johansson, Maria
Supervisor:Ternman, Emma
Examiner:Agenäs, Sigrid
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2011
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A1N, A1F or AXX
Student's programme affiliation:VY001 Agricultural Science Programme - Animal Science 270 HEC
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Management
Keywords:human-animal interaction, dairy cows, lactation, stress, milk yield, fear
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-837
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-837
Subjects:Animal husbandry
Animal ecology
Language:English
Deposited On:02 Jan 2012 14:01
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:24

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