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Tuesday, May 24 • 08:00 - 09:00
Welfare of dairy cattle: from basic principles to practical applications

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Dairy cattle welfare can be assessed using several protocols, one of them being the Welfare Quality® protocol, which includes four principles of good welfare: good feeding, good housing, good health and appropriate behaviour. Each principle is divided into several criteria and each criteria is assessed through several indicators, many of them animal-based. Some of the main problems related to feeding are poor body condition and inadequate access to water. Comfort at resting is one of the main housing issues, as dairy cows should lie down for a prolonged period of time every day. Painful conditions such as lameness and mastitis are important welfare problems under the principle of good health, whereas fear of humans due to poor stockmanship is one of the main issues under the principle of appropriate behaviour. Some of the indicators that are included in the Welfare Quality® protocol will be covered in the lecture. Additionally, some welfare issues and indicators that are not part of the Welfare Quality® protocol, such as heat stress will be covered. The relationship between welfare and performance will also be discussed

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Dr Xavier Manteca

Xavier Manteca Vilanova received his BVSc degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh. He also has a PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Currently, he is professor at the... Read More →


Tuesday May 24, 2016 08:00 - 09:00 ACST
Hall N Adelaide Convention Centre