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Effect of solar radiation on the behavior of Holstein cows in a tropical environment

Grant number: 13/04351-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): April 05, 2013
Effective date (End): May 04, 2013
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Animal Husbandry - Ecology of Domestic Animals and Ethology
Principal Investigator:Alex Sandro Campos Maia
Grantee:Steffan Edward Octavio Oliveira
Supervisor: Tony Waterhouse
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias (FCAV). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Jaboticabal. Jaboticabal , SP, Brazil
Research place: Scotland's Rural College, Edinburgh (SRUC), Scotland  
Associated to the scholarship:11/16696-9 - Effects of solar radiation on the behavior of Holstein cows in a tropical enviroment., BP.MS


One of the biggest challenges faced by dairy cattle regards to the negative effects of heat stress caused by direct solar radiation combined with the wear coming from lactation, where there are large metabolic heat production. The studies on the effects of solar radiation do not provide consistent results by not accurately quantify the levels of solar radiation and how they cause behavioral changes. These studies disregard the importance of measuring the levels of direct solar radiation in their evaluations or are performed under artificial conditions within chambers. However, the natural environment is much more complex and the solar radiation modifies continuously and can cause significant changes in behavior and thus in performance. The objective of this paper is to evaluate the effect of solar radiation on the behavior and performance of Holstein cows and what factors affect the use of shade. For this we used 10 Holstein cows divided into five groups of two animals, being one with predominantly black coat and one white. One of the five groups selected consisted of dry cows and the remaining four were selected according to their time of lactation. The animals were tested on five treatments. Four consisted of artificial shades with different levels of direct solar radiation blockage and in one was not offered shade. This study was conducted in two experiments, which showed the effect of different positions of the shading structure on the paddock on time of use of shade. (AU)

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OCTAVIO OLIVEIRA, STEFFAN EDWARD; DE MELO COSTA, CINTIA CAROL; NETO, MARCOS CHIQUITELLI; DALLA COSTA, FILIPE ANTONIO; CAMPOS MAIA, ALEX SANDRO. Effects of shade location and protection from direct solar radiation on the behavior of Holstein cows. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOMETEOROLOGY, v. 63, n. 11, SI, p. 1465-1474, . (13/04351-2)

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