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THE EFFECT OF NECK RAIL AND MOUNTING RAIL POSITION ON COW BEHAVIOR
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Pp. 147-154 in Fifth International Dairy Housing Proceedings of the 29-31 January 2003 Conference (Fort Worth, Texas USA) 701P0203.(doi:10.13031/2013.11615)
Authors: H.K. House, J. Rodenburg, B. R. Lang
Keywords: stall design and management, animal health – housing interactions, cow comfort, cow behavior, stall preference
Video time-lapse recording (VTR) was used to monitor the effect of stall adjustments on cow
behavior. Field observations were made in a three-row free stall barn of a group of 42 Holstein
cows in 52 stalls. Over a three month period the neck rail was raised 11.5 cm (4.5 in) to a height
of 127 cm (50 in) above the stall mattress, and the mounting rails were removed from in front of
the cows. In all, six changes were video taped and analyzed. After each change the cows were
allowed to adjust for a two-week period and then observed for a 48-hour period by VTR.