Progressive Dairyman discusses this year’s I-29 Dairy Conference, recently held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Among the keynote speakers were Dr. Temple Grandin, a Colorado State professor who is well known for her animal handling practices and Scott Higgins, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Dairy Association-Mideast. The article recaps their presentations about the impact of fear on animal behavior and productivity, as well as proactive measures producers can take when it comes to animal well-being.
Progressive Dairyman has the full story in their article, I-29 Dairy Conference speakers focus on animal welfare. The following is an excerpt from the online article:
Dr. Grandin encouraged dairy producers to take precautions to make “first” experiences positive ones because the fear response is not easily forgotten by animals.
“They’ll associate a bad experience with a color or something like a hat, a female,” Dr. Grandin said. “In some instances they may never get over the negative response so it’s important to make the first trip to the dairy parlor a happy one. Take time to introduce the parlor. Look for things along the way or in the parlor that could trigger a fear reaction.”
First Experiences and Robotic Milking
What does this mean when it comes to robotic milking? A couple of things:
We encourage you to read full article from Progressive Dairyman, available here.