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Rearing calves with nurse cows: experiences of French organic dairy farmers

Belluz, Mathilde and Hellec, Florence (2018) Rearing calves with nurse cows: experiences of French organic dairy farmers. INRA, INRA.

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Summary

Improving animal welfare on farms is currently a major issue, in response to expectations of citizens and
consumers. In organic farming, reflections are continuing on how to change livestock production practices to
allow animals to express their natural behaviour most fully. Calf rearing in dairy systems is a focus of
attention. At the moment, separating calves from their mothers remains the most common practice, but new
techniques that favour the maternal bond are appearing. Understanding these practices better to identify
conditions under which they can be adopted by more farmers was the goal of a survey conducted in spring
2018 of organic dairy farmers who rear calves with adult cows. This work has been made under the
GrazyDaiSy project, funded by the European Union program Core organic.


EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:nurse cow rearing
Subjects: Animal husbandry
Values, standards and certification > Assessment of impacts and risks
Values, standards and certification
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Values, standards and certification > Evaluation of inputs
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > GrazyDaiSy
European Union > CORE Organic Cofund
France
France > INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Related Links:http://projects.au.dk/coreorganiccofund/research-projects/grazydaizy/
Deposited By: Vaarst, Dr. Mette
ID Code:34000
Deposited On:05 Nov 2018 10:51
Last Modified:05 Nov 2018 10:51
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:A work report in the CORE organic project GrazyDaiSy

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