Knowledge of cattle

Cows are ruminants

The natural diurnal rhythm of a cow changes between periods where they rest, eat and drink and they can move across large distances in their search for good pasture and resting areas. A cow on grass will typically eat four-five times a day and in between lie down to ruminate- a behavior that is very important for the cow to fully utilize the roughage...

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Cows are social

In the wild, cows live in groups of 10-20 individuals, consisting of a bull, cows, heifers and calves. Aurochs gathered in large groups during winter while they spend the summers in smaller groups. Cows eat, rest and drink at the same time as the rest of their group. This is challenged in barns with automatic milking systems where the cows have individual access to the robot throughout the day...

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Cows prioritizes

A high yielding milking cow has a busy schedule and it can be difficult to fit in all her requirements in a day. A dairy cow is lying down for 10-14 hours a day, distributed throughout 15-20 periods. A cow that does not get enough rest is both physiologically and mentally stressed., which is not appropriate for the cow or the production of milk...

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