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Eating and rumination behaviour of Scottish Highland cattle on pasture and in loose housing during the winter


Braun, Ueli; Storni, E; Hässig, Michael; Nuss, Karl (2014). Eating and rumination behaviour of Scottish Highland cattle on pasture and in loose housing during the winter. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 156(9):425-431.

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This study examined eating and rumination behaviour in 13 Scottish Highland cattle for 13 days on a winter pasture and then for 13 days in a loose housing barn during winter. The cows were fed hay ad libitum and each was fitted with a pressure-sensitive transducer integrated into the noseband of the halter. The endpoints for each cow at both locations were calculated per day and included eating and rumination times, number of chewing cycles related to eating and rumination, number of regurgitated cuds and number of chewing cycles per cud. Air temperature, wind speed, relative humidity, barometric pressure and precipitation were recorded. Pastured cows had significantly longer eating and rumination times, more chewing cycles related to eating and rumination, more regurgitated cuds and more chewing cycles per cud than housed cows. Meteorological conditions were very similar at both locations.

Abstract

This study examined eating and rumination behaviour in 13 Scottish Highland cattle for 13 days on a winter pasture and then for 13 days in a loose housing barn during winter. The cows were fed hay ad libitum and each was fitted with a pressure-sensitive transducer integrated into the noseband of the halter. The endpoints for each cow at both locations were calculated per day and included eating and rumination times, number of chewing cycles related to eating and rumination, number of regurgitated cuds and number of chewing cycles per cud. Air temperature, wind speed, relative humidity, barometric pressure and precipitation were recorded. Pastured cows had significantly longer eating and rumination times, more chewing cycles related to eating and rumination, more regurgitated cuds and more chewing cycles per cud than housed cows. Meteorological conditions were very similar at both locations.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Farm Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Uncontrolled Keywords:Freilandhaltung, Fressen, Kausensor, Offenstallhaltung, Schottisches Hochlandrind, Scottish Highland cattle, Wiederkauen, eating, free range, loose housing, pressure transducer recordings, rumination
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:23 Sep 2014 15:21
Last Modified:14 Feb 2018 21:33
Publisher:Hans Huber
ISSN:0036-7281
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1024/0036-7281/9000624
PubMed ID:25183674

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