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Bien - être animal en élevage laitier : Problèmes majeurs rencontrés et relation avec certaines caractéristiques des fermes

Abstract : The objectives of the study were i) to highlight negative and variable aspects of dairy cow welfare in commercial farms, and ii) to determine which farm characteristics were associated with impaired welfare. We assessed welfare using the Welfare Quality ® protocol in 131 commercial farms that differed in location (highlands vs. lowlands), cow breed (Holstein vs. Montbéliarde), herd size (fewer than vs. more than 50 lactating cows), housing (cubicles vs. deep bedding), or milking system (milking parlor vs. robot). Within each farm, scores that express the degree of farm compliance with 11 welfare criteria were calculated (absence of hunger, thirst, diseases, normal behavior...). We used linear models to assess the association between farm characteristics and criterion scores. Six criteria had low scores (<50 on a 0-100 value scale): “Absence of prolonged hunger”, “Positive emotional state”, “Good human- animal relationship”, “Expression of social behavior”, “Comfort around resting”, “Absence of diseases” and “Absence of pain due to management procedures”. Criterion scores were associated with farm characteristics except for “Good human-animal relationships”. For each criterion, farms at-risk could be identified. This study helps to improve our understanding of welfare risks for dairy cows and opens the way to action plan focusing on these risks.
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Alice de Boyer Des Roches, Luc Mounier, Maud Coignard, Nathalie Bareille, Raphaël Guatteo, et al.. Bien - être animal en élevage laitier : Problèmes majeurs rencontrés et relation avec certaines caractéristiques des fermes. 19. Rencontres autour des Recherches sur les Ruminants, Dec 2012, Paris, France. ⟨hal-02746554⟩

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