Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2008, 56, 201-208
Published online 2014-11-17

Temperament of Holstein Friesian cows in milking parlour and its relation to milk production

Andrea Szentléleki1, Jeremy Hervé2, Ferenc Pajor1, Daniel Falta3, János Tőzsér1

1Szent István University, Institute of Animal Breeding Science, Department of Cattle and Sheep Breeding, Páter Károly 1, H-2103 Gödöllő, Hungary
2Dronten Professional Agricultural University, 8251 JZ Dronten, The Netherlands
3Ústav chovu a šlechtění zvířat, Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Česká republika

The aim of this study was to evaluate the change of temperament of Holstein cows scored before and during milking during the entire lactation and to calculate correlation between temperament measured in the two moments as well as milk production traits and temperament. Observations were carried out on 17 primiparous Holstein Friesian cows starting their lactation within 85 days. Measurements of temperament and milk production traits were taken once in each month of the lactation, during the morning milking, in a milking parlour. Temperament was assessed in a 5-point scale during udder preparation and milking procedure (1: very nervous, 5: very quiet). Data of milk yield and milk flow were collected individually on each test day morning. Results showed changes during the lactation in temperament of cows scored directly before milking (P < 0.01), however, temperament during milking did not alter with months (P > 0.10). By correlation coefficients, behaviour assessed in the two moments cannot be regarded as the same. In addition loose, significant relations were found only between milk traits and temperament before milking.


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