Extension > Agriculture > Dairy Extension > Cow comfort self assessment test
Marcia Endres, associate professor, dairy management and welfare, July 2011
For each of the following items, please choose the one option that best represents your farming practices (by clicking a radio button below the answer).
1. What type of heat abatement do you have in your barn?
2. How often do you score your cows for locomotion (lameness)?
3. How often do you score your cows for body condition?
4. How frequently do you groom/clean and remove soiled bedding from the stalls?
5. How often do you add fresh bedding to the stalls?
6. How often do you add fresh bedding to maternity pens?
7. How much time do cows from your average size groups spend in the holding pen per day?
8. How much time per day do cows spend locked up (palpation rail or headlocks) for routine procedures?
9. How many times a year do cows have maintenance hoof trimming done by a trained hoof trimmer?
10. What percent of your cows stand half in half out in the stalls?
11. Which best represents your approach to moving cows to and from the parlor?
12. How do you describe the flooring in alleys?
13. What is the stocking density (cows/stalls, cows/headlocks) in your transition (close-up and/or fresh) pens?
14. What is the stocking density (cows/stalls, cows/headlocks) in your average size lactating pen?
15. Do you have rubber floors in your dairy facility?
16. What type of stall surface do you have in most of your pens?
17. How do you describe stall dimensions and design in the majority of your pens/your barn?
18. How do you describe the brisket board in the majority of stalls?
19. What percent of your cows have clinical metabolic/transition problems? (ketosis, DAs, milk fever)
20. To what degree to you/farm employees keep abreast of current practices/technology related to cow comfort?