Date 2021-07-09 00:00:00

Clever as a cow

Can cows watch and learn? This is the name of a Swedish project, which will examine the intelligence and ability of cows to learn from each other.

 During the summer, two researchers from Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet, SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), will collect data to elucidate how cows learn from each other.

 The project is carried out at the Naturbruksskolan Uddetorp (Swedish Natural Resources Administration learning institution) at Skara and is divided into two segments. In one study, a cow must find food in a maze after another cow shows the way. And in the second segment, the researchers will investigate whether cows can teach each other to walk on a new type of floor surface.

 - Both studies are interesting in themselves because we learn more about how cows think and possibly help each other, but the results can also help both animals and humans in the daily routine, says one of the researchers, Jenny Yngvesson, to the agricultural media Jordbruksaktuellt.

 - Today’s systems for dairy cows are complex, and perhaps we can make it easier for the cows by, for example, training one cow, which then passes on its knowledge to the other cows, she reiterates.

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