Prof. Trevor DeVries (dairy cow behavior)

Prof. Trevor DeVries (dairy cow behavior)


[music] Our research is focused
on understanding the behaviour of dairy cows
and specifically one of our primary interests is
actually looking at the feeding behaviour
of dairy cows, with the goal of understanding
how cows eat, when cows eat and what
they actually consume. And why that’s really
important is that we know that producers put a lot
of time and effort into making good feed for
their animals, putting together very good rations
but, at the end of the day, it’s really the cow that
consumes that ration and how she consumes
it and what she consumes is going to have a
significant impact on not only her productivity
and optimizing her productivity, but also her
health and welfare. And so what we’re really
focused on is looking at factors that influence
that behaviour and then the management factors
that are going to influence the expression of that
behaviour so we can make very applied
recommendations to producers to
optimize the health and production of
their cows. [music]

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