Effects of Bedding Material on Comfort and Behaviour of Dairy Cows
Ranjana Sinha Madan Lal Kamboj Ashish Ranjan
Vol 7(7), 67-73
Present investigation was carried out to study the effect of bedding material on comfort and behaviour of crossbred lactating cows. Sixteen lactating crossbred cows were selected based on parity and milk yield and randomly divided into two groups (control and treatment) with eight in each group. The control groups of animals were housed in loose housing system with concrete flooring and treatment group of animals were housed in loose housing system with sand bedding. Analysis revealed that, the cow comfort index was significantly (P<0.01) higher in treatment group as compared to control group. There was a significant (P<0.05) difference of eating time and rumination time of cows and higher mean values were recorded in treatment group as compared to control group. The total daily lying time was significantly (P<0.01) longer for cows on sand bedding than on concrete bedding. The duration of lying bouts in treatment group was significantly (P<0.05) higher as compared to control group. It is concluded that sand bedding proved to be beneficial in terms of comfortness and behavioural responses of cow.
Keywords : Sand Bedding Crossbred Cows Cow Comfort Index Feeding Behaviour and Lying Behaviour
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