Trevor DeVries

Canada Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Behaviour and Welfare

Tier 2 - 2015-09-01
Renewed: 2020-09-01
University of Guelph
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

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Research involves

Identifying the factors that influence the feeding behaviour of dairy cattle and understanding how that behaviour affects cow health and production.

Research relevance

This research will improve dairy cattle health and welfare, and help satisfy consumer interest in food products from animals that are raised humanely.

Understanding cattle feeding

Developing individualized “precision” feeding strategies for food-producing animals requires knowing individual nutrient requirements, how the animals consume their feed, and how adaptable that consumption behaviour is. Research by Canada Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Behaviour and Welfare, Dr Trevor DeVries, and his team will provide new biological insights into factors that influence how and when dairy cows eat, how they choose their feed, and how that choice depends on their metabolic state.

Better understanding cows’ feeding patterns will contribute to healthier cows and dairy products and will also help satisfy consumers’ interest in buying foods from animals raised humanely while increasing production efficiency.