Pampered Cows are Healthier and More Productive, new Study Reveals

August 20, 2009

STOCKHOLM, August 20 /PRNewswire/ — A new study by Cornell University
shows that dairy cows using the DeLaval Swinging Cow Brush (SCB) register
higher milk production and lower clinical mastitis cases.

The study compared different groups of cows housed in pens using the
Swinging Cow Brush to the similar reference groups kept in identical pens
under the exact same conditions but without the SCB. The research team
concluded that second lactation cows using the SCB showed a significant and
increasing difference in daily milk production of up to +1kg per day.

“The Swinging Cow Brush provided a favorite pass time for the cows in
this herd. It was fun to watch their interaction with this grooming device.
The added benefit of increased production and reduced clinical mastitis makes
me think that every farmer should utilize the Cow Brush to make the cows and
themselves a bit happier” said Ynte H. Schukken, Professor of Herd Health at
Cornell University.

Installation of the SCB resulted in an immediate increase in cow grooming
behavior. Farm workers noticed instantly the frequent, intense use of the
brushes and the eagerness of the cows to use them, according to the Cornell
research team. A second major finding was the significant drop in clinical
mastitis cases (over 30%) among second and older lactation cows housed in
pens with a SCB present.

“Animal Welfare is a top priority for DeLaval. We are delighted to market
a product that makes it possible to improve health, comfort and welfare for
the animal while notably boosting profit for the farmer,” said Tim Nicolai,
DeLaval Vice President Product Area Milk Quality & Farm Supplies.

According to DeLaval the investment made on SCB can be covered several
times over by the profits made through increased milk production and the cost
savings achieved through mastitis prevention. Additionally, the SCB keeps
cows clean, active, calm and more balanced.

The initial results of this study are based on a comparison between two
pens with and two pens without an SCB. The research was conducted by the
Quality Milk Production Services of the Cornell University (Ithaca, New York)
and the Sprucehaven Farm and Research Center (Scipio Springs, New York).

Click here to watch the cow grooming herself! / to download high
resolution SCB video / to download high resolution SCB photos:

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For further information please contact:

Professor Ynte Schukkenhttp://www.qmps.vet.cornell.edu

SOURCE DeLaval International AB

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