It can be difficult to focus on cow welfare if you don’t know what you can gain. That is why scientists from several Canadian universities researched how animal welfare and profit were connected. They conducted a cow comfort assessment on 130 Canadian freestall farms, and found that improved cow comfort and welfare on freestall farms indeed increases productivity and profit. The article was published in the Journal of Dairy Science.
Read the full article here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022030219302413
How to improve cow welfare
Animal welfare leads to profit. But how can we improve cow comfort without investing too much time or money? The answer is different for every farmer; it depends on your barn design, dairy management, location, et cetera.
Improving animal welfare is about seeing cow signals, recognizing problems, and knowing how to solve them. Do your cows get everything they need? Are they well-rested, well-fed, and healthy? Or do you see a lot of lame cows, wounds, and mastitis?
Happy, healthy cows produce more milk for more lactations, giving you a higher feed efficiency and lower replacement costs.
CowSignals® training teaches you to look at your cows in a different way, to see where there’s room for improvement, and to think of easy and cheap solutions that will get you the results you want.
Become a CowSignals Master at one of our training events in the Netherlands, or learn from the comfort of your own home with our e-learning courses.