2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Impact of Environmental Enrichment on Weaning Stress in Calves


Jordan E. Herbst*, Melina C. Mansfield, and Molly L. Menne
Dr. Jessica D. Colpoys, Faculty Mentor

Weaning is considered to be one of the most stressful periods for cattle in their lifetime and can result in reduced growth and increased stress. The objective of this study was to reduce calf stress during the weaning process by adding environmental enrichment to the pen after weaning. The study was conducted at the Truman State University farm, and after weaning, 11 treatment group calves were given environmental enrichment and 11 control group calves did not receive environmental enrichment. Calf growth, activity, and eye temperature (as an indicator of stress) were measured before and after weaning. Results will be presented at the Student Research Conference.

 

Keywords: Cattle, Weaning, Stress, Environmental Enrichment

Topic(s):Agricultural Science

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 1-1
Location: https://flipgrid.com/0d87f987
Time: 0:00

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