One of our trainers had the following question: can you show the value of more resting time with some figures? Here are some research results that are interesting in this context.
Clear value of resting time
Rick Grant, Miner university has figures on the effect of resting time: every hour above 9 resting is 1 liter more milk! Have a look at this website.
Nedap (Dutch activity meters company) now has cow behaviour measuring integrated. Rest, feed, standing and walking time, and amount of stand ups. We are doing a research in Dry Cow Behaviour (Vetvice- Nedap research). We'll keep you informed!
How to achieve more resting time
- Dry cows in a deep bedded strawpack rest up to 15 hours, read more here.
- Also wide, 135cm, beds give the cow more resting time!
- Finally, one of our previous blogs about research from Nigel Cook is interesting in this context. He shows that sand bedding results in almost two more hours of lying time compared to matresses.
The far most important factor is the soft deep bedding!
Go for maximum resting times and your cows will live two more years!