Tuesday, 30 March 2021 16:30

Cows in lockdown

Written by  Milking It

OPINION: Over the past year the world has been shown the psychological damage that lockdown can have on human wellbeing.

New research led by Queen's University Belfast has found that "livestock lockdown" may also damage emotional wellbeing in dairy cows. The research has been published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. Dr Gareth Arnott, senior lecturer in animal behaviour and welfare at Queen's University and principal investigator on the research, explains: "Animal welfare scientists and dairy consumers have long been concerned that depriving dairy cattle of pasture access harms their welfare.

"Pasture access can promote natural behaviour, improve cows' health, and cows given the choice spend most of their time outside.

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