On June 19th, 2019, we welcomed Dr. Derek Haley into our office for a discussion on calf weaning and animal welfare. As many of us were working on Transport Genie Ltd. at the time, it was an excellent opportunity to learn about the animals that we are working to monitor. Weaning is an extremely stressful time in an animal's life. Haley discussed different methods of calf weaning, the practice of separating calves from their source of milk. These included conventional weaning, fenceline weaning, and two-stage weaning. As an animal ethologist, Dr. Haley frequently asks: "How do the animals feel?", and invited us to ponder this, too.
Dr. Derek Haley is an Associate Professor and the University of Guelph and leads a research program in applied ethology and animal welfare science hoping to improve animal health, well-being, and productivity.
He teaches many levels of education about animal behaviour and welfare. This is working towards his goals of advancing people's’ knowledge of farm animals and improving the way we handle, manage and care for them.