Cow comfort and herd behaviour

Photo of dairy cows being herded

Cow herd behaviour is a large area of knowledge. From a cow comfort perspective, however, it is possible to assess specific cow and herd behaviour and identify areas in the barn that can be improved.

Did you know that when grazing in a field, cows often synchronize their behaviour so that many cows in the group feed and rest at the same time. This behaviour is the same indoors, when one cow feeds the other cows follow.

From a cow comfort perspective it is possible to identify specific cow behaviours and identify areas in the barn that can lead to improvements. 

For example, a swinging cow brush that is fitted in the right place helps the flow of cow traffic by guiding cows through the barn. It can also be used to decrease fights between animals around water troughs and feeding areas.
However, these are just some of the positive effects the swinging cow brush has. It also cuts down on labour, as cows do not have to be manually groomed and cuts down on injuries as they no longer need to scratch using sharp objects around the barn.

Read more on what your cows are saying in Animal signs.

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Our farm management blog can give you more information on your animal health.

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