30-Title: Effect of floor enrichment of calving pen with rubber mattress on the preparturient behaviour of Vrindavani cow
Authors: Vandana, Mukesh Singh, Brijesh Kumar, GK Gaur, Med Ram Verma and Triveni Dutt
Source: Ruminant Science (2021)-10(2):399-403.
How to cite this manuscript: Vandana, Singh Mukesh, Kumar Brijesh, Gaur GK, Verma Med Ram and Dutt Triveni (2021). Effect of vaccine modality for foot and mouth disease on immunogenicity and efficacy in Hallikar calves. Ruminant Science 10(2):399-403.
The study was conducted to evaluate the effect of a calving floor pen enriched with rubber mattress on the preparturient calving behaviour of Vrindavani cow. Total 28 preparturient Vrindavani cows were taken and divided into two groups. One group was placed on the floor enriched with rubber mattress while the other group was on a bare concrete floor. Preparturient behaviours like standing time, lying time, lying bouts, lying bout duration, rumination time, rumination frequency, self-grooming bouts and self-grooming time, were evaluated on the day -12hr, -7, -14 and -21 day prepartum. It was found that the number of lying bouts and self-grooming frequency reduced significantly (P<0.05) and the duration of lying bouts increased on the rubber mattress group compared to the concrete floor. Further, 12 h before parturition, standing time was higher on the concrete floor and more total lying time and increased duration of rumination were reported in the rubber mattress group. Similarly; the rubber mattress had a positive effect on the rumination time and self-grooming duration as compared to the concrete group.
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