Dairy ~ “Low-energy handling”

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“Knowledge of animal behavior and neurology have matured to the point that veterinarians and animal scientists can now use terms and phrases that respect the differences between animals and humans. Humans have the unique potential for verbal language and that underlies some of the fundamental distinctions between the species. The belief that language, sensory perception, cognition, and culture shape human experiences, including emotions, is well accepted in neuroscience. The lack of language and culture, and the differences in sensory capabilities mean that animals cannot experience the world the way humans do. That also means that animal feelings, whatever they might be, cannot be the same.* That is not a denial of conscious awareness in animals; instead it is recognition that humans will never truly understand their perspective. Scientists can study whether neurological and physiological responses to situations parallel those of humans.  While sentience is widely accepted for mammals, we do not know if it is interpreted the same way a person might. Regardless of the variations between livestock and humans or in the similarities of overt expressions of behavior, gentle, consistent, and non-threatening handling will help to establish a relationship that empowers safe, efficient, humane, and productive results for animals and their human handlers.” From – “Efficient Livestock Handling: The Practical application of Animal Welfare and Behavioral Science,” Elsevier Academic Press, November, 2015; Bonnie Beaver DVM and Don Höglund DVM.

 *Reference: Joseph LeDoux, “Anxious,” July, 2015. http://www.cns.nyu.edu/home/ledoux

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“Perceptive consumers have taken a strong interest in the implementation of safe, humane livestock handling. It is important for farm staff to develop an understanding of how animals learn and how to gently prompt intended animal responses. Because animal and human contact is often cited as the leading cause of injuries on the farm, the safety of workers and animals is a prerequisite of any humane handling education and training. Even though livestock and human relationships vary the world over and every livestock operation is unique, the handling history of the cattle and the behavior of the handlers are surely different.” From – “Efficient Livestock Handling: The Practical application of Animal Welfare and Behavioral Science,” Elsevier Academic Press, November, 2015; Bonnie Beaver DVM and Don Höglund DVM.

Virginia Tech University Department of Dairy Science 2015

Dr. Katharine Knowlton and Virginia Tech University         Department of Dairy Science 2015.  With Permission.

© Don Höglund 2015

 

DRAFT PLACE-HOLDER

Discussion: Sort by walking parallel but opposite cattle traffic or flow. This is  an efficient method for reading ear-tags or for observing mammary-glands and hoof health. Traffic is from parlor to barn. Moving forward is most efficient. Cattle evolved by consuming a relatively immobile food which required eyes and ears to direct movement to new forage and the legs provide the means for locomotion. It is not magic that cattle avoiding handlers will move forward when provided access forward. 

 

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