The majority of UK dairy cows graze outdoors during the summer and are housed inside during the winter months with some staying indoors throughout the year. Reducing infertility and injury, cow choice not only improves wellbeing, but also sustainably increases milk yield, so, it is vitally important to understand more about indoor animal health, behaviour and welfare.
A highly adaptable space to enable cow behaviour research, our Midlands Dairy Research Centre allows cows access to a variety of lying areas and preferred surfaces, with the ability to precisely track movement, nutrition and milk yield. These cutting-edge facilities offer a wealth of research and development opportunities, delivering:
- Unparalleled expertise in cow/calf behaviour and welfare, experimental design, statistical analysis and reporting.
- Fundamental research facilities for animal preference.
- Business development opportunities for new technologies and prototype trials.