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Tired Cows Would Rather Rest than Eat

When forced to make a choice, cows will pick resting over eating, according to Cassandra Tucker, Professor of Animal Science and animal behavior researcher at the University of California-Davis.


Tucker shared the results of her exhaustive review of published research on cattle lying behavior during a recent webinar sponsored by the Dairy Cattle Welfare Council.


In one study, cows were forced to stand for 4 hours, then fed. A control group was not forced to stand but also was fed at the same time. The cows that had been standing prior to feeding ate for an average of 29 minutes, while the control group ate for an average of 95 minutes.




By MAUREEN HANSON

July 15, 2022

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