Scientific Publications

Refereed Journal Papers

Palacio S*, Lensink J, and Vasseur E*. (in review). Two common knowledge and technology transfer methods and their strengths and limitation sin encouraging change to improve animal welfare: a review. Animal Welfare. No. G2133.  https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2016-12171

Nash C*, 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. (in review). A survey of practices implemented to improve cow comfort on Canadian dairy farms, following a cow comfort assessment. Journal of Dairy Science. #JDS-16-12317.R1.  https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2015-10676

Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E*, Haley D, Orsel K, and Pellerin D. (in press). Is the profitability of Canadian freestall farms associated with their performance on an animal welfare assessment?. Journal of Dairy Science. #JDS-17-13315.R1.  https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2015-9641

Wolfe T*, Vasseur E*, de Vries T, and Bergeron R. (in press). Effects of alternative deep bedding options on dairy cow preference, lying behavior, injuries, cleanliness and teat end contamination. Journal of Dairy Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.3168/jds.2016-12358

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

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.  DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3168/jds.2017-13008 .

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agriculture7070053

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. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjas-2016-0028

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. https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2017-12559

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

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 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2016.11.003
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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.https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2016-12171

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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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.https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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.https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2015.02.011

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Scientific meetings

Invited presentations

Vasseur E*. 2017. New research initiative on the comfort, longevity and sustainable life of dairy cattle. Invited presentation at Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Bovine Mastitis and Milk Quality Research Network (CBMQRN), May 8, 2017. Montreal, QC.

Vasseur E*. 2016. Optimizing outcome measure of welfare in dairy cattle assessment. Invited presentation at the Animal Behavior and Well-Being Symposium titled “Metrics for On-Farm Animal Welfare Assessment–Current State and Future Needs” held at the American Society of Animal Science Joint Annual Meeting, July 19–23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT; J Anim Sci doi:10.2527/jam2016-0097

Vasseur E*. 2016. Perspective on sustainable life of dairy cattle. Invited presentation at the Young Women's Veterinarian Association (YWVA) World Annual Meeting, Oct 6, 2016, Montréal, QC

Scientific presentations
Palacio S*, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D, DeVries T, and Vasseur E*. 2017. A sustainable management option for tie-stall farms: providing year-long exercise helps improve dairy cow welfare. 7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level hosted by Wageningen University and Research, September 5-8, 2017, Ede, The Netherlands.

Bouffard V, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Vasseur E*, Nash C, Haley D B, and Pellerin D. 2017. Impact of following recommendations for tie stall configuration on neck and leg lesions, lameness, cleanliness and lying time in dairy cows. 7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level hosted by Wageningen University and Research, September 5-8, 2017, Ede, The Netherlands
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Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E*, Haley D, and Pellerin D. 2017. Is compliance with animal welfare standards associated with improved profitability on Canadian tie-stall dairy farms? 7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level hosted by Wageningen University and Research, September 5-8, 2017, Ede, The Netherlands.

Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E*, Haley D, Orsel K, and Pellerin D. 2017. Association between animal welfare standards and farm profitability on Canadian freestall dairies. 7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level hosted by Wageningen University and Research, September 5-8, 2017, Ede, The Netherlands.

St John J*, Rushen J, and Vasseur E*. 2017. What is the effect of new tie-rail height and forward positions based on the cow neck line on ruminating and feeding behaviors of dairy cows housed in tie-stalls? 51st Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology August 7-10, 2017, Aarhus, Danemark.

Shepley E*, Berthelot M*, and Vasseur E*. 2017. Validation of the ability of a 3D pedometer to accurately determine number of steps in dairy cows when housed in tie-stall. 51st Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology August 7-10, 2017, Aarhus, Danemark.

Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E*, Haley D, Orsel K, and Pellerin D. 2017. Associations between on-farm animal welfare indicators, farm productivity, and profitability on Canadian freestall dairies. 2017 ADSA Annual Meeting. June 25-28, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. #M55

Burnett T A, Westin R, Vasseur E*, Pellerin D, Haley D B, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, and Cerri R L A. 2017. Factors of cow comfort associated with herd-level reproductive outcomes on Canadian dairy farms. 2017 ADSA Annual Meeting. June 25-28, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. #T186

St John J*, and Vasseur E*. 2017. Analyse de photos pour détecter l’apparition et suivre l’évolution du niveau de blessures corporelles chez la vache laitière (Transl. Photo analysis to detect the occurrence and follow the evolution of the level of body injury in the dairy cow). Scientific colloquium 204 - Le suivi automatique du comportement animal : l’éthologie dans l’ère du « big data » (Transl. Automatic monitoring of animal behavior: ethology in the era of "big data"), on May 12, 2017, as part of the 85th annual scientific conference of Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) hosted by McGill, downtown campus, May 8-12, 2017.

Fadul-Pacheco L*, and Vasseur E*. 2017. Récupération et analyse de données massives en provenance des systèmes de traite informatisés (STI) pour le développement d’indicateurs de performance et de bien-être chez la vache laitière (Transl. Recovery and analysis of mass data from computerized milking systems (ITS) for the development of performance and welfare indicators in dairy cows). Scientific colloquium 204 - Le suivi automatique du comportement animal : l’éthologie dans l’ère du « big data » (Transl. Automatic monitoring of animal behavior: ethology in the era of "big data"), on May 12, 2017, as part of the 85th annual scientific conference of Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) hosted by McGill, downtown campus, May 8-12, 2017.

Stecko P*, and Vasseur E*. 2017. Suivre l’utilisation que la vache laitière fait de son espace à la stalle à l’aide de technologies de biotracking (Transl. Follow the use that the dairy cow makes of her space at the stall using biotracking technologies). Scientific colloquium 204 - Le suivi automatique du comportement animal : l’éthologie dans l’ère du « big data » (Transl. Automatic monitoring of animal behavior: ethology in the era of "big data"), on May 12, 2017, as part of the 85th annual scientific conference of Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) hosted by McGill, downtown campus, May 8-12, 2017.

Boyer V*, and Vasseur E*. 2017. Utilisation de collecteurs d’activité pour mesurer les comportements alimentaire et de rumination chez les vaches laitières (Transl. Use of activity loggers to measure feeding and ruminating behavior in dairy cows). Scientific colloquium 204 - Le suivi automatique du comportement animal : l’éthologie dans l’ère du « big data » (Transl. Automatic monitoring of animal behavior: ethology in the era of "big data"), on May 12, 2017, as part of the 85th annual scientific conference of Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) hosted by McGill, downtown campus, May 8-12, 2017, Montreal, QC.
Palacio S*, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D B, DeVries T J, Vasseur E*. 2017. Effects of stall improvement and regular exercise on body injuries of cows housed in tie-stall. 10th Annual CCSAW Research Symposium, May 10, 2017, Guelph, ON. p28

Palacio S*, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D B, DeVries T J, Vasseur E*. 2017. The effects of access to pasture, winter exercise, and modified stalls on the welfare and behaviours of dairy cows kept in tie-stalls. 13th ISAE North-American Regional Meeting. May 12-13, 2017, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA.

Armstrong A, Roche S, Vasseur E*, Godkin A, Kelton D, and Haley D. 2016. A focus farms approach to motivating dairy farmers to improve animal welfare. Annual Animal Welfare Research Symposium of CCSAW. Guelph, Canada  May 11, 2016. p7.

Shepley E R*, Vasseur E*, and Bergeron R. 2016. Daytime pasture vs. free-stall barn access: What do dairy cows with year-long outdoor experience prefer? 2016 ADSA-ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting. July 19–23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT. #460

Palacio S*, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D B, DeVries T J, and Vasseur E*. 2016. Can regular exercise and more comfortable stalls improve cleanliness and lameness in tie-stall dairy cows? 2016 ADSA-ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting. July 19–23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT. #461

Ferland J*, Vasseur E*, Duplessis M, Pajor E A, and Pellerin D. 2016. Economic impact of introducing automatic milking system on Canadian dairy farms. 2016 ADSA-ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting. July 19–23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT. #1246

Vasseur E*, Rushen R, de Passillé A M, and Pellerin D. 2016. How to make sure cows age well: incorporating economics, environment and welfare for truly sustainable animal farming. 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology July 12-15, 2016, Edinburgh, UK.

Brunette T, Vasseur E*, Devries T and Bergeron R. 2016. Effects of alternative deep bedding options on dairy cow preference, lying behaviour, injuries and hygiene. 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology July 12-15, 2016, Edinburgh, UK. p248.

Palacio S*, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D B, DeVries T J, and Vasseur E*. 2016. Effect of stall improvement and regular exercise on body injuries of cows housed in tie-stall. 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology July 12-15, 2016, Edinburgh, UK. p248.

Westin R, de Passillé A M, DeVries T J, Pajor E A, Pellerin D,  Siegford J M, Vasseur E*, and Rushen J. 2016. Automated measures of lying behaviour of dairy cows detect welfare problems on farms with automated milking systems. 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology July 12-15, 2016, Edinburgh, UK. p391.

Palacio S*, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D B, DeVries T J, and Vasseur E*. 2016. How much can different aspects of dairy cow welfare be improved by providing yearlong exercise to dairy cows kept in tie-stalls? 2nd Canadian Organic Science Conference. Sep 19-21, 2016. Montréal-Longueil, QC. #46

Shepley E R*, Vasseur E*, and Bergeron R. 2016. Would organic dairy cows with year-long outdoor experience choose to spend time at pasture over their free-stall barn? 2nd Canadian Organic Science Conference. Sep 19-21, 2016. Montréal-Longueil, QC. #47

Brunette T, Vasseur E*, Devries T and Bergeron R. 2016. Switchgrass as an alternative bedding for dairy cows housed in tie-stalls. 2nd Canadian Organic Science Conference. Sep 19-21, 2016. Montréal-Longueil, QC. #48

Lachance S, Vasseur E*, Shepley E*, Saha S, and Bergeron R. 2016. Plant bioactive products and internal and external parasite control in dairy production. 2nd Canadian Organic Science Conference. Sep 19-21, 2016. Montréal-Longueil, QC. #49

Extension meetings

Keynote talk

Vasseur E*. 2016. New research initiative on comfort, longevity and sustainable life of dairy cattle. Keynote talk at Novalait Technological Forum 2016. Jun 2, 2016, Longueuil, QC;

Invited presentation

Vasseur E*. 2017. Une analyse de lait pour prédire le bien-être et la santé des vaches? Invited presentation at AGA Novalait. Nov 6, 2017. Brossard, QC.

Vasseur E* & Bergeron R. 2016. Effet de l'exercice et du confort à la stalle sur la condition des vaches en stabulation entravée. Étude sur les litières alternatives. Invited presentation at Colloque lait biologique 2016. Feb 10, 2016. Saint-Agapit, QC.

Presentations

St John J*, Rushen J, Adam S and Vasseur E*. 2017. Que lest l’impact du positionnement de barre d’attache suivant la pente naturelle du cou sur le bien-êre des vaches laitièeres en stabulation entravée? Symposium sur les bovins laitiers du CRAAQ 2017. Drummondville, Canada Oct 24, 2017.

Villettaz Robichaud M, Rushen J, de Passillé A M, Vasseur E*, Haley D, and Pellerin D. 2017. Optimiser le bien-être des vaches pour améliorer la productivité et la rentabilité. Symposium sur les bovins laitiers du CRAAQ 2017. Drummondville, Canada Oct 24, 2017.

Ferland J*, Vasseur E*, Duplessis M, Pajor E A, and Pellerin D. 2016. Impacts socio-économiques de la transition vers un système de traite automatisée dans les fermes canadiennes. (Transl. Economic impact of introducing automatic milking system on Canadian dairy farms.) Symposium sur les bovins laitiers du CRAAQ 2016. Drummondville, Canada Oct 27, 2016.

Palacio S*, Adam S, Bergeron R, Pellerin D, de Passillé A M, Rushen J, Haley D B, DeVries T J, and Vasseur E*. 2016. Comment le bien-être des vaches laitières en stabulation entravée peut-il être amélioré par des modifications simples apportées à la configuration des stalles et l’accès régulier à l’exercice? (Transl. How much can different aspects of dairy cow welfare be improved by providing yearlong exercise to dairy cows kept in tie-stalls?) Symposium sur les bovins laitiers du CRAAQ 2016. Drummondville, Canada Oct 27, 2016.

Workshops

Vasseur and research team* organized a workshop on my IRC’s research activities and hands-on training on the measure of dairy cattle welfare, for graduate students member of Op+lait (a group of researchers on milk quality through FRQNT strategic grouping program), that my team hosted at McGill’s Macdonald Campus Farm on April 24, 2017. (~40 graduate students, half day)

Workshop titled ‘La boiterie chez la vache laitière: de identification à la recommendation! (Transl.  Lameness in dairy cattle: from detection to recommendation)’ developed and presented in coll. with extension specialist S. Adam from Valacta, offered to veterinarian practitioners, Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, Univesité de Montréal, Feb 10, 2017, St-Hyacinte, QC. (~40 veterinarian practitioners, half day)

Workshop titled ‘Animal Cruelty’ for the agronomists team of Agropur Coop, May 17, 2016, Saint-Hubert, QC. (~20 professional agronomists, 2 h)

Workshop on Vasseur’s IRC research program for the agronomists team of Agropur Coop, May 17, 2016, Saint-Hubert, QC (~20 professional agronomists, 2 h)


Workshop for Dairy Farmers of Canada reps (given 3x the same day) titled 'Consumer assurance programs and applicable standards to dairy farms: here and abroad' as part of Dairy Farmers of Canada Annual Dairy Policy Conference, Feb 3, 2016, Ottawa, ON (~500 industry representatives, full day)

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