Dry cow signals. What do you see? Tell me what you think

First thing I check is how many dry cows are standing and not resting. But there is more to it. Please give me your feedback. Thanks!

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Comments (11)

Yongfeng

First, I think the barn is too crowded. The lane is not wide enough. Second, the small windows makes the barn bad in daylight and ventilation. The majority of cows not lay down but stand may indicates that the cubicle or the bedding have some problems.
Hope for your reply.

Tommy Wollesen

Sometimes people put something on youtube, for no reason. Why show a video of stressed cows, t0o many ( also to many cows because the new barn is not finished and seperated from the other ones.
I know that this farmer need new mattrasses, the old one was to hard, and in a very bad condition.
that dosent help either. DAS CUHCAFE off course bayed the mattrasses, and the Green stall for the new barn at www.cow-welfare.com for the third time

Géromine Larriviere

We see that almost all the cows are standin' but are not eating. So, they don't remain standing to eat but because they don't want to lie down. Why ? First, there is not enough room in the barn which looks like crowded. Then, I think that there are some problems with cubicle comfort.
However, the cows look very clean which seems logical because they don't lie down.
At the beginning of the video, we see on the right side, a cow which refuses to bear weight on one lamb, probably because of the pain. It would confirm comfort problems in the barn.

Yongfeng

Yongfeng wrote:
First, I think the barn is too crowded. The lane is not wide enough. Second, the small windows makes the barn bad in daylight and ventilation. The majority of cows not lay down but stand may indicates that the cubicle or the bedding have some problems.
Hope for your reply.

Dry cows pen should give the cow spacious and bedding material comfortable place. What is the point to have cubicles for them??

Andrea Fiedler

I agree with all of you! I was on this farm with Joep. Can you hear the sound in the background? The farmer is extending the barn right now - you can hear the sound of the machines. And their will be more space for dry cows and for fresh cows as well.

Lientjie du Plooy

I think there is a problem with the size of the cubicle or the placement of the brisket board because there are too many cows standing around. Then there isn't enough space for the cows to move around, there is only one through way between the two passage ways so cow flow in this area of the barn is not correct, The barn was probably not designed to have that area blocked off like that.

Helen Thoday

I am interested to know more about the green dividers. We have seen that they allow cows to lie diagonally (and the wrong way round) affecting the number of stalls available. Any comments would be great. Good videos.

Kim Wollesen

Helen Thoday wrote:
I am interested to know more about the green dividers. We have seen that they allow cows to lie diagonally (and the wrong way round) affecting the number of stalls available. Any comments would be great. Good videos.

Helen, this is Kim from Cow-Welfare (company with the green dividers). I just wanted to help you (and others) out with your questions. It is true that the first editions of our cow cubicle was having some serious problems, but what we hear from our farmers nowadays is, that they are very happy with the product and that cows are in better shape, and that the cows produces more milk due to the fact that they are resting more. If you write me your address in an e-mail on kw@cow-welfare.com, I will tell you where the nearest farm with Cow-Welfare products is, and you can go have a look yourself :-) You can also find more information at www.cow-welfare.com/en/products/cow-welfare-flex-stalls/.

Dušan Kořínek

The barn are overcrowded, there is only one entrance to the feed table. Ideal would be a bedindg with straw (sand) possibly a deep litter. It's dark in the stable.

Iftikhar Baloch

The barn look congested with low light, less air flow and overcrowded. Water is not sufficiently available as drinkers are not at convenient places

Joep Driessen

Thanks for all your reactions, very good observations!

Rest is indeed very important to dry cows. The best solution is a stress-free calving line: http://bit.ly/2qvQ1nH

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