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Suckling as rearing method on dairy farms: The effect on farm system aspects of two dairy farms in the Netherlands

Langhout, MSc Jos (2003) Suckling as rearing method on dairy farms: The effect on farm system aspects of two dairy farms in the Netherlands. Thesis, Wageningen University / Louis Bolk Instituut, Biological Farming Systems (WUR) / Department of Livestock production (LBI). .

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Maternal behaviour, interactions and contact between cow and calf is limited or absent in modern dairy production due to the widely use of artificial calf rearing. Introduction of suckling on a dairy farm has effects on many aspects such as calf growth, animal health, milk production, rearing costs, behaviour, welfare and naturalness etc.
In a pilot study on two farms the effect of suckling systems on calf growth and milk production of dairy cows was assessed. Furthermore, the development of naturalness on the case study farms was described, as well as the motivation, for the use of suckling as rearing method, of seven farmers.


EPrint Type:Thesis
Thesis Type:MSc thesis
Keywords:Calf rearing, suckling calves, udder health
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
Netherlands > Wageningen University and Research Centre WUR
Related Links:http://www.louisbolk.nl/e/projects/livestock/kalv/index.htm
Deposited By: Steinbuch, Luc
ID Code:2522
Deposited On:16 Apr 2004
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:29
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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