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Dairy cow preference for outdoor access during winter under Eastern Canada climatic conditions

Author:
Shepley, E., Bergeron, R., Bécotte, F., Vasseur, E.
Source:
Canadian journal of animal science 2016 v.97 no.1 pp. 1-5
ISSN:
1918-1825
Subject:
climatic factors, dairy cows, farms, winter, Canada
Abstract:
Cows on two separate farms were submitted to a 6 d preference test, repeated four times, consisting of three 2 d phases (3 h d⁻¹ phase⁻¹): forced-indoor, forced-outdoor, and free-choice. A majority of cows on both farms chose to be outdoors for at least 1 h. Previous experience may have contributed to outdoor preference.
Agid:
5635205