CowSignals practical research by student Kylian Claassen about eating behaviour.
What is the best place for the neck rail?
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Update May 23 - Ian Shivas
CowSignals trainer Ian Shivas send us some extra pictures:
"This neck is at 45 in. or 114 cm from cow side floor".
"It was interesting to watch the cows in the barn eating (see graphics above). Cows eating in the special needs area using the head lock system, stand straight as they approach the feed bunk. They take a mouthful of feed, lift their heads and stand in a comfortable fashion to chew the feed before swallowing. Cows in the main pens who were using a post and rail system at the feed bunk would pick up a mouthful of feed, then stretch out their necks in an unnatural gooselike fashion to enable them to chew before swallowing. The improperly positioned neck rail is causing hair loss, swellings and trauma on the necks of the cows, especially the larger cows".