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Play behaviour has been proposed as a measure of good welfare in growing animals and locomotor play by calves is often reduced after weaning off milk. Adjusting weaning age according to individual calves' abilities to eat solid feed maintains energy intake and weight gain during weaning. We...

Author(s)
Miguel-Pacheco, G. G.; Vaughan, A.; Passillé, A. M. de; Rushen, J.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2015, 9, 6, pp 1038-1044
Abstract

A body condition score (BCS) in dairy cattle is a subjective assessment of the proportion of body fat that she possesses and is a common measure used in animal welfare assessment. The objectives of our study were to develop and implement a training program to produce highly repeatable BCS by many...

Author(s)
Vasseur, E.; Gibbons, J.; Rushen, J.; Passillé, A. M. de
Publisher
Elsevier Inc., Philadelphia, USA
Citation
Journal of Dairy Science, 2013, 96, 7, pp 4725-4737
Abstract

On-farm scoring of behavioural indicators of animal welfare is challenging but the increasing availability of low cost technology now makes automated monitoring of animal behaviour feasible. We discuss some of the issues with using automated methods to measure animal behaviour within the context of ...

Author(s)
Rushen, J.; Chapinal, N.; Passillé, A. M. de
Publisher
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), Wheathampstead, UK
Citation
Animal Welfare, 2012, 21, 3, pp 339-350
Abstract

The aims were to determine whether measures of acceleration of the legs and back of dairy cows while they walk could help detect changes in gait or locomotion associated with lameness and differences in the walking surface. In 2 experiments, 12 or 24 multiparous dairy cows were fitted with five...

Author(s)
Chapinal, N.; Passillé, A. M. de; Pastell, M.; Hänninen, L.; Munksgaard, L.; Rushen, J.
Publisher
Elsevier Inc., Philadelphia, USA
Citation
Journal of Dairy Science, 2011, 94, 6, pp 2895-2901
Abstract

There is increased interest in automated methods for lameness detection, such as measures of weight distribution. Still, practical use of such methods depends on knowing the conditions that affect how cows distribute their weight. In 3 experiments, 10, 18, and 12 Holstein cows were trained to stand ...

Author(s)
Chapinal, N.; Passillé, A. M. de; Rushen, J.
Publisher
American Dairy Science Association, Savoy, USA
Citation
Journal of Dairy Science, 2009, 92, 2, pp 581-588
Abstract

The objective was to assess gait, automated measures of weight distribution among the legs, and daily activity as methods for detecting lameness in dairy cows and measuring pain mitigation by nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs. Fifty-seven lactating cows (28 of which were lame) were injected twice ...

Author(s)
Chapinal, N.; Passillé, A. M. de; Rushen, J.; Wagner, S.
Publisher
Elsevier Inc., Philadelphia, USA
Citation
Journal of Dairy Science, 2010, 93, 5, pp 2007-2013
Abstract

Sixty-six lactating cows were either injected with flunixin meglumine (2.2 mg/kg of BW) immediately before hoof trimming (n=28), injected with a saline solution immediately before hoof trimming (n=28), or injected with a saline solution immediately before sham hoof trimming (control; n=10). Gait...

Author(s)
Chapinal, N.; Passillé, A. M. de; Rushen, J.; Wagner, S. A.
Publisher
Elsevier Inc., Philadelphia, USA
Citation
Journal of Dairy Science, 2010, 93, 7, pp 3039-3046
Abstract

There is increasing interest in automated methods of detecting lame cows. Hoof lesion data and measures of weight distribution from 61 lactating cows were examined in this study. Lame cows were identified with different numerical rating scores (NRS) used as thresholds (NRS>3 and NRS≥3.5) for...

Author(s)
Pastell, M.; Hänninen, L.; Passillé, A. M. de; Rushen, J.
Publisher
Elsevier Inc., Philadelphia, USA
Citation
Journal of Dairy Science, 2010, 93, 3, pp 954-960
Abstract

A method is described for measuring nociception in cattle using a CO2 laser aimed at the caudal aspect of the metatarsi. Four experiments were performed, involving 60 Holstein calves. In Experiment 1, infrared thermography showed that calves responded by lifting their legs when skin temperatures...

Author(s)
Veissier, I.; Rushen, J.; Colwell, D.; Passillé, A. M. de
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2000, 66, 4, pp 289-304