Replication Data and Supplementary Material for: Public attitude towards and perceptions of dairy cattle welfare in cow-calf management systems differing in type of social and maternal contact Sirovica, Lara; Ritter, Caroline; Hendricks, Jillian; Weary, Daniel; Gulati, Sumeet; von Keyserlingk, Marina
We investigated how Canadian and American participants in an online survey would perceive cow-calf management systems differing in type of social and maternal contact allowed. Attitudes and perceptions of animal welfare were more positive towards the system where calves were not separated from the cows, compared to systems in which the calf was separated and individually housed, separated and group housed, or separated and kept with a foster cow. Participants appeared to value the mother cow-calf relationship and were less accepting of cow-calf management systems that involved separating the calf from their mother.
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