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Quebec Farmers' Advocate Volume Number January 15, 2020

The importance of the feed bunk in freestall housing – Part 1

The importance of the feed bunk in freestall housing – Part 1
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Feed bunk design plays a crucial role in the welfare of farm animals of all ages. The repercussions of a poorly designed feed bunk include, among other things, neck injuries, lameness and substandard body condition among animals.

When it comes to the question of a building’s feed bunk, everyone has their own experience and their own opinion. No one escapes from the dayto- day reality of working with the feed bunk. Indeed, it is a key element, and one that must be taken seriously to avoid it becoming a limiting factor for animal welfare and for the productivity and cost-effectiveness of an operation.

Understanding the feeding behaviour of cows and the impact of inadequate bunk space can help producers make informed decisions.

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