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Pasture access and eye temperature in dairy cows

Crump, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0003-4485-5740, Jenkins, Kirsty, Bethell, Emily J., Ferris, Conrad P. and Arnott, Gareth (2022) Pasture access and eye temperature in dairy cows. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. ISSN 1088-8705

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Identification Number: 10.1080/10888705.2022.2063020


Pasture access can benefit dairy cows’ behavior, health, and welfare, but herds are increasingly housed indoors full-time. Recent infrared thermal-imaging (thermography) studies suggest that higher eye temperatures may be a physiological indicator of chronic stress. We, therefore, hypothesized that, compared to cows with pasture access, cows housed indoors full-time would have higher eye temperatures. In a two-phase crossover experiment, 29 Holstein-Friesian dairy cows experienced 18 days of overnight pasture access and 18 days of full-time indoor housing. We measured each animal’s eye temperature 16 times (eight/phase). During Phase One, cows with pasture access had higher eye temperatures than cows housed indoors full-time (contrary to our hypothesis). However, during Phase Two, cows with pasture access had lower eye temperatures than cows housed indoors full-time. It is, therefore, unclear whether eye temperature reflected disparities in dairy cow welfare between different housing treatments.

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Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2022 15:09
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2024 20:45

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