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Volume 42, issue 3
Arch. Anim. Breed., 42, 225–234, 1999
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-42-225-1999
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Arch. Anim. Breed., 42, 225–234, 1999
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-42-225-1999
© Author(s) 1999. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  10 Oct 1999

10 Oct 1999

Die Mutter-Kind-Beziehung in der Mutterkuhhaltung

D. Schäffer1, E. von Borell2, and R.-B. Laube3 D. Schäffer et al.
  • 1Institut für Tierzucht und Tierhaltung mit Tierklinik, Professur für Tierhygiene und Tierklinik, Landwirtschaftliche Fakultät der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Emil-Abderhalden-Str. 27/28, 06108 Halle (Saale), Germany
  • 2Institut für Tierzucht und Tierhaltung mit Tierklinik, Landwirtschaftliche Fakultät, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, A.-Kuckhoff-Str. 35, 06108 Halle (Saale), Germany
  • 3Institut für Lebensmittelhygiene, Veterinärmedizinische Fakultät, Universität Leipzig, Sitz: Albrecht-Daniel-Thaer-Institut für Nutztierwissenschaften Leipzig, e. V., Fichtestr. 28, 04275 Leipzig, Germany

Abstract. Title of the paper: Mother-infant-relationships in a beef suckler cow herd
A beef suckler cattle herd (25 cows, 23 calves) was observed on pasture for mother-infant behaviour. This behaviour varied substantially in that 20 different suckling positions (with one, two or three calves suckling per cow) were observed during 299 sucklings.

The frequent occuring cross suckling, the diversity of suckling positions as well as the behaviour of cows during suckling are discussed in the context of the current literature.

In contrast to the literature, our results showed a higher incidence of cross suckling and a variety of suckling positions, indicating a disturbed bonding between the cow and its calf during birth.

The preferred lying order of the herd showed parallel lying positions along the periphery of the pasture. In conclusion, the results should encourage farmers to design their pastures according to the animal needs as well as including regular herd observations into herd management schemes.

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