Scientific Papers

E. Shepley and E. Vasseur (2021) The effect of housing tiestall dairy cows in deep-bedded pens during an 8-week dry period on gait and step activity. JDS Communications In Press. DOI: 10.3168/jdsc.2021-0091

M.A. Puerto, E. Shepley, R.I. Cue, D. Warner, J. Dubuc, and E. Vasseur (2021) The hidden cost of disease: I. Impact of the first incidence of mastitis on production and economic indicators of primiparous dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 104(7):7932-7943. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2020-19584

M.A. Puerto, E. Shepley, R.I. Cue, D. Warner, J. Dubuc, and E. Vasseur (2021) The hidden cost of disease: II. Impact of the first incidence of lameness on production and economic indicators of primiparous dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 104(7):7944-7955. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2020-19585

M. Duplessis, E. Vasseur, J. Ferland, E.A. Pajor, T.J. DeVries, D. Pellerin (2021) Performance perception of Canadian dairy producers when transitioning to an automatic milking system. JDS Communications. 2(4):212-216. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2021-0082

S. Bélanger-Naud, D. Cinq-Mars, C. Julien, J. Arsenault, S. Buczinski, J. Lévesque, and E. Vasseur (2021) A survey of dairy goat kid-rearing practices on Canadian farms and their associations with self-reported farm performance. Journal of Dairy Science. 104(9):9999-10009. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2020-18663

Y. Karoui, A.A.B. Jacques, A. B. Diallo, E. Shepley, and E. Vasseur (2021) A Deep Learning Framework for Improving Lameness Identification in Dairy Cattle. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. 35(18):15811-15812. Retrieved from https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/AAAI/article/view/17902

E. Shepley and E. Vasseur (2021) Graduate Student Literature Review: The effect of housing systems on movement opportunity of dairy cows and the implications on cow health and comfort. Journal of Dairy Science. 104(6):7315-7322. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2020-19525

S. Bélanger-Naud and E. Vasseur (2021) Graduate Student Literature Review: Current recommendations and scientific knowledge on dairy goat kid rearing practices in intensive production systems in Canada, the United States, and France. Journal of Dairy Science. 104(6):7323-7333. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2020-18859

G.M. Dallago, K.M. Wade, R.I. Cue, J.T. McClure, R. Lacroix, D. Pellerin, and E. Vasseur (2021) Keeping Dairy Cows for Longer: A Critical Literature Review on Dairy Cow Longevity in High Milk-Producing Countries. Animals. 11(3):808. DOI: 10.3390/ani11030808

J. St John, J. Rushen, S. Adam, and E. Vasseur (2021) Making tiestalls more comfortable: I. Adjusting tie-rail height and forward position to improve dairy cows' ability to rise and lie down. Journal of Dairy Science. 104(3):3304-3315. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2019-17665 

V. Boyer, A. M. de Passillé, S. Adam, and E. Vasseur (2021) Making tiestalls more comfortable: II. Increasing chain length to improve the ease of movement of dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 104(3):3316-3326. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2019-17666

V. Boyer, E. Edwards, M.F. Guiso, S. Adam, P. Krawczel, A. M. de Passillé, and E. Vasseur (2021) Making tiestalls more comfortable: III. Providing additional lateral space to improve the resting capacity and comfort of dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 104(3):3327-3338. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2019-17667

S.E. McPherson and E. Vasseur (2021) Making tiestalls more comfortable: IV. Increasing stall bed length and decreasing manger wall height to heal injuries and increase lying time in dairy cows housed in deep-bedded tiestalls. Journal of Dairy Science. 104(3):3339-3352. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2019-17668

 

M. Bahadi, A.A. Ismail, and E. Vasseur (2021) Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy as a Tool to Study Milk Composition Changes in Dairy Cows Attributed to Housing Modifications to Improve Animal Welfare. Foods. 10(2):450. DOI: 10.3390/foods10020450

N. Aigueperse and E. Vasseur (2021) Providing an Outdoor Exercise Area Affects Tie-Stall Cow Reactivity and Human-Cow Relations. Front Vet Sci. 7: 597607. DOI: 10.3389/fvets.2020.597607

V. Boyer and E. Vasseur (2021) Graduate Student Literature Review: The effect of chain length and stall width on common outcome measures of dairy cow welfare in stall-based housing systems. Journal of Dairy Science.104(3):3751-3760. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2020-19279

S.E. McPherson and E. Vasseur (2020) Graduate Student Literature Review: The effects of bedding, stall length, and manger wall height on common outcome measures of dairy cow welfare in stall-based housing systems. Journal of Dairy Science. 103(11): 10940-10950. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2020-18332

D Warner, E Vasseur, M Villettaz Robichaud, S Adam, D Pellerin, DM Lefebvre, R Lacroix (2020) Development of a Benchmarking Tool for Dairy Herd Management Using Routinely Collected Herd Records. Animals. 10(9), 1689. DOI: 10.3390/ani10091689

C Freinberg, A Zambelis, E Vasseur (2020) Validation of Contact Mats to Monitor Dairy Cow Contact with Stall Partitions. Animals. 10 (6), 999. DOI: 10.3390/ani10060999

Shepley E, Lensink J, Vasseur E (2020) Cow in Motion: A review of the impact of housing systems on movement opportunity of dairy cows and implications on locomotor activity. Applied Animal Behaviour Science: 105026. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2020.105026

 

Arrazola A, Dicker K, Vasseur E, Bergeron R (2020) The effect of early housing and companion experience on the grazing and ruminating behaviour of naïve heifers on pasture. Applied Animal Behaviour Science: 104993. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2020.104993

Robichaud MV, Pic A, Delgado H, Adam S, Lacroix R, Pellerin D, Vasseur E (2020) Short communication: Use of the Clegg hammer measure as an indicator of stall-surface compressibility in tie-stall housing and its relationship with stall comfort. Journal of Dairy Science. 103 (1): 871-876. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2019-16308

Shepley E, Lensink J, Leruste H, Vasseur E (2020) The effect of free-stall versus strawyard housing and access to pasture on dairy cow locomotor activity and time budget. Applied Animal Behaviour Science: 104928. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2019.104928

Warner D, Vasseur E, Lefebvre D M, Lacroix R (2020) A machine learning based decision aid for lameness in dairy herds using farm-based records. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 169: 105193. DOI: 10.1016/j.compag.2019.105193​

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Bélanger-Naud S, Cinq-Mars D, Julien C, Buczinski S, Lévesque J, Arsenault J, Vasseur E (2019) 162 Raising your kids the right way: A survey of rearing practices in Canadian dairy goat farms. Journal of Animal Science. 97 (Supplement_3): 171-172. DOI: 10.1093/jas/skz258.353

Zambelis A, Gagnon-BarbinJ M, St John J, Vasseur E. (2019) Development of scoring systems for abnormal rising and lying down by dairy cattle, and their relationship with other welfare outcome measures. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 220: 104858. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2019.104858

Zambelis A, Wolfe T, Vasseur E. (2019) Technical note: Validation of an ear-tag accelerometer to identify feeding and activity behaviors of tiestall-housed dairy cattle. Journal of Dairy Science. 102(5): 4536-4540. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2018-15766.

 

Nash C G R, Kelton D, Vasseur E, DeVries T, Parent D, Pellerin D, Carrier K, Pajor E, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Coe J, and Haley D. (2019) A survey of practices implemented to improve cow comfort following an initial assessment on Canadian dairy farms. Canadian Journal of Animal Science. 99:107-115. DOI: 10.1139/cjas-2018-0012.

 

Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E, Orsel K, Pellerin D. (2019) Associations between on-farm animal welfare indicators and productivity and profitability on Canadian dairies: I. On freestall farms. Journal of Dairy Science. 102(5): 4341-4351. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2018-14817.

 

Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E, Haley D, Pellerin D. (2019). Associations between on-farm cow welfare indicators and productivity and profitability on Canadian dairies: II. On tiestall farms. Journal of Dairy Science. 102(5): 4352-4363. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2018-14818.

Shepley E, Obinu G, Bruneau T, and Vasseur E. (2019). Housing tiestall dairy cows in deep-bedded pens during an 8-week dry period: Effects on lying time, lying postures, and rising and lying-down behaviors. Journal of Dairy Science. 102(7): 6508-6517. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2018-15859.

 

Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E, Haley D, Orsel K, and Pellerin D. (2018) Is the profitability of Canadian freestall farms associated with their performance on an animal welfare assessment? Journal of Dairy Science. 101: 2350-2358. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2017-13315.

 

C Tse, HW Barkema, TJ DeVries, J Rushen, E Vasseur, EA Pajor. (2018) Producer experience with transitioning to automatic milking: Cow training, challenges, and effect on quality of life. Journal of Dairy Science. 101(10): 9599-9607. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2018-14662.

Wolfe T, Vasseur E, de Vries T, and Bergeron R. (2018) Effects of alternative deep bedding options on dairy cow preference, lying behavior, injuries, cleanliness and teat end contamination. Journal of Dairy Science.101(1): 530-536. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2016-12358.

 

Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E, Haley D, and Pellerin D. (2018) Is the profitability of Canadian tiestall farms associated with their performance on an animal welfare assessment? Journal of Dairy Science. 101(3): 2359-2369. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2017-13316.

 

Higginson Cutler J, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Gibbons J, Orsel K, Pajor E, Solano L, Pellerin D, Haley D, and Vasseur E. (2017) Producer estimates of prevalence and perceived importance of lameness in dairy herds with tie-stalls, free-stalls and automated milking systems. Journal of Dairy Science. 100(12):9871-9880. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2017-13008.

 

Wormsbecher L, Bergeron R, Haley D, de Passillé A M, Rushen R, and Vasseur E. (2017) A method of outdoor housing dairy calves in pairs using individual calf hutches. Journal of Dairy Science. 100:7493-7506. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2017-12559.

Shepley E, Bergeron R, Bécotte F, and Vasseur E. (2017) Short Communication: Dairy cow preference for outdoor exercise during winter under Eastern Canada climatic conditions. Canadian Journal of Animal Science. 97: 1-5. DOI: 10.1139/cjas-2016-0028.

 

Bouffard V, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Vasseur E, Nash C, Haley D, and Pellerin D. (2017) Effect of following recommendations for tiestall configuration on neck and leg lesions, lameness, cleanliness, and lying time in dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 100: 2935-2943. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2016-11842.

Shepley E, Berthelot M, and Vasseur E. (2017) Technical Note: Monitoring behavior in dairy cows housed in tie-stall: validation of the ability of a 3D pedometer to accurately determine step activity. Agriculture. 7: 53. DOI: 10.3390/agriculture7070053.

 

Shepley E, Bergeron R, and Vasseur E. (2017) Invited Paper: Daytime access to pasture vs. free-stall barn in dairy cows with year-long outdoor experience: A case study. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 192: 10-14. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2016.11.003.

 

Palacio S, Peignier L, Pachoud C, Nash C, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D, DeVries T, and Vasseur E. (2017) Technical Note: Assessing lameness in tie-stalls using live stall lameness scoring. Journal of Dairy Science.100: 5677-6582. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2016-12171.

 

Vasseur E. (2017) Invited Symposium Paper: Optimizing outcome measures of welfare in dairy cattle assessment. Journal of Animal Science. 95: 1365-1371. DOI: 10.2527/jam2016-0097.

 

Solano L, Barkema H, Pajor E, Mason S, LeBlanc S, Zaffino Heyerhoff J, Nash C, Haley D, Pellerin D, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E, and Orsel K. (2016) Associations between lying time behavior and lameness in Canadian Holstein-Friesian cows in freestall barns. Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 2086-101. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2015-10336.

 

Westin R, Vaughan A, de Passillé A M, DeVries T J, Pajor E A, Pellerin D, Siegford J M, Vasseur E, and Rushen J. (2016) Lying times of lactating cows on dairy farms with automatic milking systems and the relation to lameness, leg lesions and body condition score. Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 551-561. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2015-9737.

 

Franco-Gendron N, Bergeron R, Curilla W, DeVries T, Conte S, and Vasseur E. (2016) Investigation of dairy cattle ease of movement on new methyl methacrylate resin aggregate floorings. Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 8231-40. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2016-11125.

 

Ouellet V, Vasseur E, Heuwieser W, Burfeind O, Maldague X, and Charbonneau E. (2016) Evaluation of calving indicators measured by automated devices to predict the onset of calving in Holstein dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 1539-48. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2015-10057.

 

Nash C, Kelton D, DeVries T, Vasseur E, Coe J, Heyerhoff Zaffino J C, Bouffard V, Pellerin D, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, and Haley D. (2016) Prevalence of and risk factors for hock and knee injuries on dairy cows in tiestall housing in Canada. Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 6494-6506. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2015-10676.

 

Westin R, Vaughan A, de Passillé A M, DeVries T J, Pajor E A, Pellerin D, Siegford J M, Witaifi A, Vasseur E, and Rushen J. (2016) Cow and farm-level risk factors for lameness on dairy farms with automated milking systems. Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 3732-3743. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2015-10414.

 

Villettaz Robichaud M, de Passillé A M, Pearl D L, LeBlanc S J, Godden S M, Pellerin D, Vasseur E, Rushen J, and Haley D B. (2016) Calving management practices on Canadian dairy farms: Prevalence of practices. Journal of Dairy Science. 99: 2391-2404. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2015-9641.

 

Charlton G L, Bouffard V, Gibbons J, Vasseur E, Haley D B, Pellerin D, Rushen J, and de Passillé A M. (2016) Invited paper: Can automated measures of lying time help assess lameness and leg lesions on tiestall dairy farms? Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 175: 14-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.02.011.

Palacio S, Bergeron R, Lachance S, and Vasseur E. (2015) The effects of providing portable shade at pasture on dairy cow behavior and physiology. Journal of Dairy Science. 98: 6085-6093. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2014-8932

 

Lombardi D, Vasseur E, Berthiaume R, DeVries T J, and Bergeron R. (2015) Feeding preferences and voluntary feed intake of dairy cows: effect of conservation and harvest time of birdsfoot trefoil and chicory. Journal of Dairy Science. 92: 5133-5138. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2015-9427

 

Shepley E, Vasseur E, Bergeron R, Villeneuve A, and Lachance S. (2015) Short Communication: Birdsfoot trefoil as a preventative treatment for gastrointestinal nematodes in pastured dairy heifers. Canadian Journal of Animal Science. 95: 533-537. DOI: 10.4141/cjas-2014-169

Solano L, Barkema H, Pajor E, Mason S, LeBlanc S, Zaffino Heyerhoff J, Nash C, Haley D, Pellerin D, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E, and Orsel K. (2015). Prevalence of lameness and associated risk factors in Canadian Holstein-Friesian cows housed in freestall barns.Journal of Dairy Science. 986978-6991. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2015-9652