Dairy Cattle Behavior and Welfare.
My lab studies behavioral and physiological indicators of stress in dairy cattle to improve on-farm management practices. 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