The hiding calf

Senast ändrad: 26 oktober 2023

Is domestic cattle a “hider species”, and if so, who determines the calf hiding place – cow or calf? Cattle kept under natural, pasture-based conditions often hide their new-born calves. There are indications that the cow actively hides the calf before walking off to graze with the herd, but there are also sporadic observations that the calf is the initiator of hiding, and thus also determines the hiding place. This study investigates who initiates the hiding place, and discusses how this knowledge can be used in the management of new born calves and their dams on pasture.  The project will include field observations in an outdoor environment.


Qualifications: Master/kandidat student with a background in animal science, biology or similar fields. Knowledge of ethology or behavioural ecology an advantage but not a prerequisite.

Practical information: Studies will be conducted indoor on a private farm. Long experimental days with overnight stays either near or on the farm might be necessary. Previous experience with large animals is an advantage and a driver’s license is necessary.