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DCWC Webinar: Managing the dairy cow around the time of calving
Dairy cows are typically group housed, give birth in close proximity of other cows and are moved many times in the peri-parturient period. This management poses a risk for cow welfare. However, knowledge of dairy cows’ natural behavior and preferences can improve calving management. Dairy cows also typically have their calf removed shortly after birth. The welfare benefits of cow-calf contact, and the challenges when the two has to be separated eventually, will be discussed.

Nov 3, 2021 04:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Margit Bak Jensen
Professor @Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University
Margit Bak Jensen is a professor at the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University. She holds a candidate degree in Animal Science from the University of Copenhagen, a M.Sc. in Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh, & a PhD in Ethology from the University of Copenhagen. Margit’s research includes development & validation of methods to quantify behavioural needs in farm animals, & applying these methods to current animal welfare questions. Her research in dairy calves includes the effect of physical & social environment on the development of social behaviour & play behaviour, as well as milk feeding methods for group housed calves that minimise competition & prevent abnormal behaviour. Research in dairy cows includes the effect of housing & management on behaviour & welfare, e.g. dry-off management & calving management. Current research investigates how different cow-calf rearing, weaning & separation practices affect dairy cow & calf welfare.