Does consistent choice of one side of a milking parlour by dairy cows relate to their behaviour in novel and competitive situations?


Cows can be classified by their consistency of entry to one side of the milking parlour, which follows a normal distribution in a large herd of cows, from consistent to random selection (da Costa and Broom, 2001). We investigated whether this characteristic relates to the coping strategies indicated by cows in a novel environment and a competitive one, where two cows have access to a bucket with food.