2021

Dairy cattle welfare in tie stalls vs. less restrictive housing

Dairy cattle welfare in tie stalls vs. less restrictive housing

Cows kept in ‘tie stalls’ are tethered in individual stalls. This is the most prominent form of housing for Canadian dairy cattle (74% of farms in Canada use tie stalls), especially in Quebec and Ontario.

A free stall reimagined

A free stall reimagined

Open space is an important feature of a lying environment to dairy cattle, as this allows them to more easily lie down and stand up, and to adopt different lying postures. However, more open lying areas make it more difficult to control where cows defecate and urinate.

Jack Neels, Pacific Dairy Centre service manager; Richard Siebring, Pacific Dairy Centre sales manager; Ronaldo Cerri, UBC Dairy Centre director and associate professor in dairy cattle reproduction, John Bruinsma, Pacific Dairy Centre president; Nelson Dinn, UBC Dairy Centre business operations manager; Tim Piers, Pacific Dairy Centre installation manager and Garry Franz, Pacific Dairy Centre general manager.

Largest robotic milking research facility in North America to open at UBC Dairy Centre featuring GEA robots

Fully robotic milking farm will advance dairy research, attract students and educate public. The following is a news release from GEA, released on June 23, 2021. Naperville, Ill. [June 23, 2021] – The University of British Columbia (UBC) Dairy Education and Research Centre will become the largest robotic milking research facility in North America with […]

Improvements in lameness detection

Improvements in lameness detection

Lameness is one of the greatest challenges facing the dairy industry – approximately 25% of the dairy cows in Canada are lame. It is important that new cases of lameness are promptly identified, as treatment of chronically lame animals is often unsuccessful.

When to assist calving and how it impacts metritis

When to assist calving and how it impacts metritis

Around the time of calving (birthing), dairy cows are susceptible to calving difficulties and illness such as uterine infections. About 75% of diseases in dairy cows typically occur within the first three weeks postpartum.

Dr. Marina (Nina) von Keyserlingk named new Director of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare (NFAHW) Council Board

Dr. Marina (Nina) von Keyserlingk named new Director of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare (NFAHW) Council Board

She is recognized as a leader in Animal Welfare, and will take over from outgoing Director, Dr. David Fraser.

Painful memories: Using the memory of disbudding to identify less painful methods

Painful memories: Using the memory of disbudding to identify less painful methods

In a series of recent studies at the University of British Columbia’s Dairy Education and Research Centre (Agassiz, BC), we assessed the impact of this ‘post-operative’ pain by measuring the calves’ memory of this experience.