Dairy Cattle Behavior and Welfare. My lab studies behavioral and physiological indicators of stress in dairy cattle to improve on-farm management practices. We also study human-cattle interactions to promote handling practices that are safer for humans and animals. Our goal is to develop a better understanding of how production practices affect dairy cattle welfare and determine best management practices that promote better health, well-being, and performance in dairy cattle.
Specific Research Areas
- Identify reliable measurements of stress in cattle by integrating behavioral and endocrinal stress responses
- Evaluate how technological advances in dairy management impact cattle behavior and well-being
- Determine how to manage environmental stressors that negatively affect dairy calf health, well-being, and performance
- Investigate cow characteristics and environmental conditions associated with high-risk human-cattle interactions