Journal article

Tail docking and beliefs about the practice in the Victorian dairy industry

JL Barnett, GJ Coleman, PH Hemsworth, EA Newman, S Fewings-Hall, C Ziini

Australian Veterinary Journal | AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY ASSN | Published : 1999

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine the occurrence of tail docking and beliefs about the practice in the Victorian dairy industry. DESIGN: Survey responses were analysed using chi-square tests and by correlation and regression analyses to determine associations between husbandry practices and beliefs and to identify possible predictive variables in relation to docking. PROCEDURE: A survey of the occurrence of docking and beliefs about the practice was conducted in 1997 using face-to-face interviews of 313 respondents at 234 Victorian dairy farms. RESULTS: On average, 35% of dairy farms routinely docked cattle. The practice varied from 11 to 63% in different regions and 12% of stud farms docked their cow..

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