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Milking cow keeping in an open-sloped-floor housing system

Project Leader
Boxberger Josef, Project Leader
Duration:
01.01.1995-30.05.1999
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Technische Universität München, D-80290 München, Germany.
Contact person: Dr. Bernhard Haidn;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Staff
Amon Thomas, Project Staff
Amon Barbara, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Division of Agricultural Engineering
Funded by
Abstract
In an open-sloped-floor housing for milking cows influence of climatic conditions and of order of precedence on animal behaviour are investigated. Animal behaviour is analysed via video recording and via direct observation. Special consideration is given to the influence of air temperature, humidity, and velocity, of temperature of the manure mattress and of social order of precedence on lying, standing and walking behaviour of the cows. From the results recommendations are deduced on how to construct and operate an open-sloped-floor housing for milking cows.
Keywords
animal production;
dairy cow keeping; open sloped floor housing system; animal behaviour;
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