Cows Need Friends Too

Mon Jul 30, 2012 08:13 AM ET

Analysis by Amanda Onion


Cows Need Friends Too: They may not seem like social butterflies, but preliminary research has suggested that cows seek out each other's company and that removing a cow from a herd can totally change the herd's dynamic.

Now a new study aims to nail down the social needs of the animals to help farmers improve their health and increase their milk yields.

A three-year study will use high-tech proximity collars, which will send radio signals to record how close one cow is to another. This way the animals' day-to-day social interaction can be mapped and be incorporated into cow herd management.

"We hope that the results of our study may contribute towards a blueprint for herd management that will help farmers continue to improve the health and welfare of their cows," said study leader Darren Croft of the University of Exeter's Animal Behavior Research Group. Read on...


via Press Association




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