Do cows have emotions? This is a question the University of Queensland (UQ) has spent the last five years trying to answer. The results could impact agribusiness in Queensland, helping many avoid insolvency and litigation by increasing yield and enhancing breeding programs .
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A cow’s eyes: The window to the soul
Beginning with the idea that farmers can gain valuable information by understanding the temperament and emotional state of cows, UQ found that observing eye movements could help cattle breeders identify which cows experience higher anxiety and animal stress.
As part of an international study, University of Queensland Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics Director Professor Clive Phillips said that cows’ eyes are an indicator of temperament when engaging with humans and other cows.
“We found that cows increase the use of their left eye when viewing threats,” Professor Phillips said. “Cows that predominantly used their left eye in all types of interactions had a more fearful temperament.
“They were also more likely to view an unfamiliar person in the centre of a track with their left eye, keeping the person on their right as they passed.”
The aim of the study, which includes researchers from the Dutch University for Applied Science, Cambridge and Princeton, is to improve systems enabling farmers to breed stock better able to cope with intensive production methods.
What does this mean for Queensland agribusiness?
The ability to breed stock that have a higher resistance to stress and anxiety could help increase yield. For Far North farmers, where conditions are often challenging, this could help stock handle harsher conditions.
However, with methods for the detection of anxious cows still in the future, Farmers need to ensure their corporate structure is resilient. One of the best ways to ensure your farm’s organisational structure has the ability to absorb or resist change is through the services of Cairns lawyer.
With our help you can set up an organisational structure that can weather the hard times and allow you to expand in the good times. Additionally, we can help with leasing documents, ensuring provisions reflect your interests, and banking, helping you arrange credit and loans.
When it comes to the financial and legal health of your agribusiness, there are no second chances. Make sure you talk to the experts to find out more. Contact Williams Graham Carman today.