Twenty female buffalo calves were used to study the effect of two space allowances (50% and 90% of body surface area per animal, Group 50 and Group 90 respectively) on behavioural and immune variables for a period of 30 weeks. Group 50 was observed more active (standing, idling, feeding) than Group 90. When exposed to the open field test, Group 50 displayed increased levels of locomotion, galloping and vocalisation. In vivo cell-mediated immune response to PHA injection was not influenced by space allowance. Behavioural recordings indicated that 50% of body surface area may be an inadequate space allowance for weaned calves.

Influence of space restriction on welfare of weaned buffalo calves

DE ROSA, GIUSEPPE;GRASSO, FERNANDO;BORDI, ALDO
2001

Abstract

Twenty female buffalo calves were used to study the effect of two space allowances (50% and 90% of body surface area per animal, Group 50 and Group 90 respectively) on behavioural and immune variables for a period of 30 weeks. Group 50 was observed more active (standing, idling, feeding) than Group 90. When exposed to the open field test, Group 50 displayed increased levels of locomotion, galloping and vocalisation. In vivo cell-mediated immune response to PHA injection was not influenced by space allowance. Behavioural recordings indicated that 50% of body surface area may be an inadequate space allowance for weaned calves.
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