Journal article

The behavioural and physiological responses of dairy heifers to tape-recorded milking facility noise with and without a pre-treatment adaptation phase

Naomi Adele Arnold, Kim Tee Ng, Ellen Caroline Jongman, Paul Hamilton Hemsworth

APPLIED ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR SCIENCE | ELSEVIER | Published : 2007

Abstract

The behavioural and physiological responses of naïve dairy heifers to noise that was pre-recorded from a commercial milking facility were examined. Thirty-two dairy heifers were individually moved through an indoor raceway three times daily over a period of 15 days. This period consisted of a pre-treatment, treatment and post-treatment phase, each of 5 days duration. Half (16) of the animals were exposed to the noise stimulus during the treatment phase and half were not exposed to the noise and were used as controls. Heart rate (HR), movement behaviour (transit times and latency to enter the raceway), and animal handling parameters (number of stops and handler interventions required) were re..

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