Can studying grazing behaviour help production and welfare?

A summary of research demonstrating that studying the grazing behaviour of cattle and sheep contributes to their welfare and production.

Year of Publication2012

Cattle and sheep have different preferences for grass and clover. As well as bringing production benefits, allowing grazing animals to select grass and clover in patchy swards could promote welfare and environmental sustainability. In a once-a-day strip grazing system, offering the new herbage allowance in the afternoon can increase milk yield in dairy cattle.

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animal behaviouranimal welfare
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