The aim of the study was to investigate dairy buffalo entrance order and side preference in the milking parlour. Two milking groups of buffalo cows were used. In both groups there was strong consistency of entrance order into the milking parlour. There was also evidence for high preference for the left or right side by individual animals. Twelve animals showed stall preference. Our results showed that buffaloes can present marked entrance order consistency and side preference. We concluded that buffaloes should be allowed to satisfy these preferences during the milking process.

Behaviour of buffalo cows in the milking parlour: entrance order and side preference

GRASSO, FERNANDO;DE ROSA, GIUSEPPE
2013

Abstract

The aim of the study was to investigate dairy buffalo entrance order and side preference in the milking parlour. Two milking groups of buffalo cows were used. In both groups there was strong consistency of entrance order into the milking parlour. There was also evidence for high preference for the left or right side by individual animals. Twelve animals showed stall preference. Our results showed that buffaloes can present marked entrance order consistency and side preference. We concluded that buffaloes should be allowed to satisfy these preferences during the milking process.
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