Exploring olfaction in cattle – which factors affect olfactory interest?

Senast ändrad: 17 december 2021

The aim of the study is to investigate which odours (non-social odours) cattle can detect and differentiate between. The test situation is called at Habituation/Dishabituation test, and a series of these testing’s will be carried out on either dairy or beef cattle indoor. Odours of non-social origin (e.g. peppermint, lavender, orange, thyme, birch, cinnamon etc.) will be chosen, and the student will be involved in the selection of these. The cattle group will include both male and female, young and old, and pregnant and non-pregnant females. Laterality (i.e. if cattle sniff some odours with the left/right nostril) will also be investigated.


Qualifications: Master/kandidat student with a background in animal science, veterinary science or similar fields. Knowledge of ethology and design of ethological experiments (theory is sufficient) is a prerequisite.