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2020.12.18 | Anis

Smart Cow Newsletter - issue 5

The latest SmartCow Newsletter is now available. The SmartCow project integrates key European cattle research infrastructures to promote their coordinated use and development and thereby help the European cattle sector face the challenge of sustainable production.

2021.01.06 | Anis

Video tour at the new Danish Cattle Research Centre

Welcome to a guided video tour in the new research facilities at the Danish Cattle Research Centre (DKC), Aarhus University.

The project focuses on what rearing her own calf means to the cow, including the strength of the maternal bond and how it affects the cow’s emotions. It investigates how motivated cows are to be with their calves, and whether cows that are with their calves are more optimistic. Photo: Maja Bertelsen.

2021.01.29 | Anis

A new AU project examines what it means to the cow to be with her calf

In a newly started project at Aarhus University, the researchers investigate what it means for the cow’s welfare to rear her own calf. They will focus on the cow’s bonding to the calf and the cow’s emotional state. The three-year project is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

A study from AU shows, that extra care should be taken when trimming cows late in gestation, as it may increase the risk of abortion.  Photo: Linda S. Sørensen.

2021.01.06 | Anis

Hoof trimming late in gestation increases the risk of abortion

A study from AU, based on a large data set from the Danish Cattle Database, demonstrates that hoof trimming late in gestation increases the risk of abortion in dairy cows.

Hoof trimming around drying off is a good strategy to prevent sole ulcers. However, trimming should not be done during the last four weeks before calving as this is associated with an increased risk of abortion. Photo: Linda S. Sørensen.

2021.01.06 | Anis

Hoof trimming around drying off prevents sole ulcers

A study at Aarhus University shows that hoof trimming around drying off is associated with a 20% lower odds of dairy cows developing sole ulcers in the following lactation. However, be aware not to trim too close to calving as this may be associated with an increased risk of abortion.

Associate professor Janne Winther Christensen carries out research in horses at Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Foulum. She has conducted a unique long-term study of the development of fearful behaviour from foal to adult horse. Photo: Viborg Stifts Folkeblad.

2021.02.03 | Anis

Fear testing of foals can contribute to higher safety in the equestrian sports

A new study at Aarhus University shows that it is possible to identify fearful horses at a very early age by means of an objective fear test. This gives a better opportunity of ensuring that especially sensitive horses are placed in capable hands from the beginning. And this is good news both for the rider’s safety and the horse’s welfare.