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Keeping dairy goats with or without horns in large groups

Abstract
There are no or few research data available regarding social stress and related injuries in horned and hornless dairy goats and the relevant influencing factors, especially in large groups. As well assessment of different housing and management variants with respect to economical effects are lacking.
Thus, the objectives of the projects are:
1) to gain data on the situation in large goat herds with horned animals as well as in hornless (genetically & dehorned) herds with respect to social stress and injuries
2) to identify factors influencing social stress and injuries
3) to suggest solutions for a keeping horned and dehorned/hornless goats with good welfare, and by these points
4) to assess the effects of prohibition of dehorning goats with respect to goat welfare and farmer economy and
5) to provide recommendations to goat farmers regarding housing and management and
6) to prepare a booklet summarizing the results and recommendations
Statistik Austria science classification
402011         Milk production
402014         Animal husbandry
Lemma
Ziegenhaltung
Project leader
Waiblinger Susanne
Duration
15.12.06-31.12.10
Type of Research
Applied research
Staff
Schmied-Wagner C.,
Szabo S., Project team member
Nordmann E., Project team member
Mersmann D., Project team member
Vetmed Research Units
Institute for Medical Biochemistry
Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds
Institute of Animal Welfare Science
Institute of Parasitology
Projekt partner
Contact: Prof. Dr. Christoph Winckler
Universität für Bodenkultur, Gregor Mendel Strasse 33, A Wien, Austria
Funded by
BM für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft - Ö, Wien, Austria
24 Publications

Waiblinger, S (2019): The Impact of Social Separation in Dairy Cow Farming. Conference Animal Minds & Animal Ethics: Across Species, Across Disciplines.; SEP 23, 2019; Vienna, Austria. 2019.

Waiblinger, S (2017): Tiergerechte Haltung von Ziegen im Laufstall. -ÖGT-Jahrestagung 2017; Juni 10, 2017; Raumberg-Gumpenstein, Austria.

Waiblinger, S; Mersmann, D; Wemelsfelder, F (2017): Results of qualitative behaviour assessment reflect social tension in dairy goats. 203--7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level; SEP 5-8, 2017; Ede, Netherlands. (ISBN: 978-90-8686-314-3 )

Waiblinger, S (2016): Haltung behornter Ziegen – eine Herausforderung? Empfehlungen zu Stallbau, Management und Umgang. Ausbildung zum Ziegenpraktiker, Modul 2.; 5. Dez. 2016; Schlierbach, Austria. 2016.

Waiblinger, S; Nordmann, E; Keil, NM (2017): Social behavior and adrenocortical activity in goats up to four wees after grouping. 184--51st Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology; August 7-10, 2017; Aarhus, Denmark. (ISBN: 978-90-8686-311-2 )

Waiblinger, S (2016): Tiergerechte Haltung von Ziegen im Laufstall. Wissenschaftliche Sitzung der Österreichischen Gesellschaft der Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte - Sektion Tierhaltung und Tierschutz (ÖGT_TuT); NOV 30, 2016; Salzburg, Austria. 2016.

Mersmann D; Schmied-Wagner C; Nordmann E; Graml C; Waiblinger S (2016): Influences on the avoidance and approach behaviour of dairy goats towards an unfamiliar human-An on-farm study. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 2016; 179: 60-73

Waiblinger, S; Menke, C (2014): Haltung von Ziegen im Laufstall. Wien, Eigenverlag, pp. 47.

Waiblinger, S (2014): Beratungsempfehlungen zu behornten Ziegen in Bezug auf Haltungsmanagement und Stallbau. Fachberatertagung Ökologische Schaf- und Ziegenhaltung; Juni 17-18, 2014; Fulda, GERMANY. 2014.

Waiblinger, S (2013): Anforderungen an die Haltung von Ziegen mit Hörnern. Fachgespräch: Haltung hörnertragender Ziegen; JUNI, 19-20, 2013; Bonn, GERMANY. 2013.

Szabò, S; Barth, K; Graml, C; Futschik, A; Palme, R; Waiblinger, S (2013): Introducing young dairy goats into the adult herd after parturition reduces social stress. J Dairy Sci. 2013; 96(9):5644-5655

Szabó, S (2011): Social stress in large groups of dairy goats – Influence of presence of horns and introduction management of young goats. Dissertation, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, pp. 126.

Slavnitsch, Katharina (2008): Einfluss einer Umgruppierung auf das Sozialverhalten von Milchziegen. Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 35.

Waiblinger, S; Schmied-Wagner, C; Mersmann, D; Nordmann, E (2011): Social behaviour and injuries in horned and hornless dairy goats. -XV ISAH Congress 2011: Animal Hygiene and Sustainable Livestock Production; JULY 3-7, 2011; Vienna, AUSTRIA.

Waiblinger, S; Nordmann, E; von Hof, J; Schmied-Wagner, C; Keil, NM; Aschwanden, J; Langbein, J (2010): Herzfrequenzvariabilität als Indikator von Belastungen bei Ziegen. 22--5. Internationales Symposium Herzfrequenzvariabilität; OKT 29-30, 2010; Halle, GERMANY.

Maschat, Kristina (2012): Auswirkungen des Fressgittertyps auf das Verhalten von behornten und unbehornten Ziegen beim Fressen. Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 56.
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Nordmann, Eva (2012): Effects of feed barrier design on behaviour and physiology of goats. Dissertation, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 50.

Pfützner, Tina (2011): Evaluierung der Fütterung von Milchziegen in österreichischen und deutschen Mittel- und Großbetrieben. Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 95.
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Waiblinger, S; Schmied-Wagner, C; Graml, C; Mersmann, D; Nordmann, E; Szabo, S (2008): Haltung von behornten und unbehornten Milchziegen in Großgruppen. Wien, Eigenverlag, pp. 82.

Waiblinger, S; Schmied-Wagner, C; Nordmann, E; Mersmann, D; Szabo, S; Graml, C; von Hof, J; Maschat, K; Grubmüller, T;Winckler, C (2010): Haltung von behornten und unbehornten Milchziegen in Großgruppen. Endbericht zum Forschungsprojekt 100191. Wien, Eigenverlag, pp. 173.

Kleinsasser, Carina (2009): Stresshormonmetaboliten im Ziegenkot. Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 37.
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Szabo, S; Graml, C; Nordmann, E; Waiblinger, S (2009): Adrenocortical activity and social behaviour of horned dairy goats or without horns. -ISAE regional; SEPT 25-26, 2009; Vienna, AUSTRIA.

Waiblinger, S; Graml, C; Knosp, M (2008): Development of tests for assessing dairy goats’ relationship to humans. 97--4th International Workshop on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level; Sept 10-13, 2008; Ghent, Belgium.

Waiblinger, S; Graml, C; Pemberger, J (2008): Reliability of observations of social interactions in dairy goats. 91--4th International Workshop on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level; Sept 10-13, 2008; Ghent, Belgium.

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