The force of cows (500 pounds) will willingly exert due to their natural aggressive feeding drive against the feed barrier in attempt to reach the feed while eating (Hansen and Pallesen, 1998). To put this into perspective, 225 pounds of force is enough to cause tissue damage. Thus it is important to optimize factors to manage their natural aggressive feeding activity and optimize dry matter intake.
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- Adequate manger space per cow
- Optimal manger fence
- Manger surface – finish and height
- Accessibility of feed – reach, availability
- Stall comfort and adequate rest