Potty training for cows — the benefits are many, but with many farmers assuming dairy cows pee and poop where they stand with little thought to hygiene, the practice hasn’t really taken off.
University of B.C. postdoctoral researcher Alison Vaughan believes most people underestimate cows. Really, she said on Monday, they just haven’t given the bovines enough of a chance to value cleanliness in their living space.
The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre was nominated for a Dairy Farm Sustainability Award for 2015.
The award recognizes Canadian dairy farmers that have proactively adopted on-farm management practices that extend beyond the basic requirements, and demonstrate continuous improvement in various aspects of sustainable dairy farming, according to the award criteria listed on the Dairy Farmers of Canada website.
Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) have named the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre as one of three finalists of the 2015 Dairy Farm Sustainability Award, recognizing Canadian dairy farmers who proactively adopt on-farm management practices that are environmentally sustainable, financially viable, socially beneficial, and can be replicated on other farms.
The UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre (Dairy Centre) is tackling issues such as animal welfare, food safety and sustainable farm practices with state-of-the-art research. This self-sustaining dairy farm that is home to one of North America’s largest dairy cattle research and education facilities. It houses 500 Holsteins, including 250 lactating cows.
Cows that can’t stand up for whatever reason, often referred to as downed or downer cows, are not a unique problem for dairy farmers. But a unique method of treatment is sailing across the Fraser Valley and it’s giving farmers an alternative choice for cows that fall and can’t get back up.
The Aqua Cow Rise System is just what it sounds like: a giant bathtub for cows, using the buoyancy in water to alleviate the majority of a cow’s weight.
New research out of the University of British Columbia found Holstein dairy calves learned better in pairs.
The first of two studies found calves that lived with another calf became familiar with and learned to ignore a red-plastic bin placed in their pen, while individual calves on their own continued to react to each exposure of the red-plastic bin as if it was a first.