Ever wondered how to test olfactory investigation in cattle?
Or if cows like the smell of coffee?
Well, we wondered the same and this resulted in a brand new study, which just came out today.
For the next 50 days the article is freely accessible so please feel free to share: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Vr6WcF2OSze
Highlights of the study:
- The first Habituation/Dishabituation Test adapted for and applied to cattle.
- Cows and heifers can distinguish between complex odours (coffee and orange juice) and show increased interest in coffee
- A new potential to use odours when adapting or enriching the environment in which we keep cattle?
I´m thrilled to announce that I´ll be presenting two of my experiments on two different international conferences this year: ISAE – International Society for Applied Ethology and WAFL – Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level.
The titles are:
ISAE: ‘Olfactory enrichment for cattle? Development of olfactory investigation test for cattle’ – theater presentation
WAFL: ‘The self-guided calving pen’ – poster presentaton
Both presentations will be available here after the conferences.
This weekend I participated when the Danish organic cows were released onto the first grass of spring. This is a huge event every year in Denmark, and it is always fun to see the cows jumping of joy into the field.
This event also gave us an opportunity to present our project ‘The self-guided cow’ to the public which was also a great experience. I personally loved watching the kid´s reaction to a video I made illustrating how the dairy calf is born.
This is the excerpt for your very first post.
It is always a pleasure to finally see your work as a finished piece. What started out as a small pilot investigation turned my head around and forced me to step back and see things from a different perspective. Back to basics. My cows seemed to be controlled by something we could not control when choosing calving site. They ended up calving the almost exact same spot and I had no idea why. I turned to the literature to find answers, and it turned out that in relation to calving site selection, studies were very limited. In the end this study opened a whole new aspect in my research resulting in brand new plans, which I´ll come back to shortly. The study is just published in Journal of Dairy Science and a free full copy can be obtained following the link: Article
Please don´t hesitate to contact me if questions arise in relation to this study.