When one style doesn’t fit all

Researchers at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (Ås, Norway) investigated calf personality and its relationship to feeding and growth. Credit: Kristian Ellingsen-Dalskau

In a natural setting, cows and nursing calves together set the feeding schedule for the calf, and calves wean gradually, completing weaning at varying ages. By contrast, in artificial rearing systems with minimal cow-calf contact, the weaning schedule may be strictly determined, with reductions of milk intake based solely on the calf’s age. But how well do different calves thrive under different feeding and weaning systems? The majority of research on calf personality and feeding behaviors has been performed with…

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News Source: https://phys.org/news/2022-01-calf-personality-growth-style-doesnt.html