Cow Comfort

  • Fact sheets for farmers: Lameness, Body Condition Score, Injury and Footbaths
    • Lameness - PDF
    • Body Condition Score - PDF
    • Injury - PDF
    • Footbaths - PDF
  • Cow comfort on dairy farms across Canada
    • Summary:

      A team of Canadian researchers and their students visited 240 farms in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta between January 2013 and August 2013. They evaluated the comfort of cows from tie-stall farms, free-stall farms and farms with automatic milking systems.

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  • Code of Practice
    • Summary:

      Appropriate housing conditions and good herd management are necessary for the health and well-being of dairy cattle. The Code of Practice for Dairy Animals provides guidance to owner-operators and workers who care for these animals. Animal handling is a key element of this goal. Employers are required to provide adequate training to their employees.

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  • Protocols of animal outcome measures
    • Summary:

      As part of this Dairy Research Cluster project, we visited farms to assess the incidence of lameness, wounds, body condition score (CEC), and cleanliness. The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle describes best practices and requirements for animal outcome measures. At the end of our visits, we gave to the dairy farmers in which we explain to what extent the farm complies with the Code of Practice and discusses the results.

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  • Appendix - Data Log Sheet - Free and Hidden Stall