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Title: The role of behaviour and contact networks in the transmission of infectious diseases in dairy cattle
Author: Behnke, Malgorzata Cecilia
ISNI:       0000 0004 2674 0330
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2008
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Oial contact between a potential host and the infectious IS pathogen is essential for faecoorally transmitted diseases, of which there are several that affect dairy cattle. Variations in oral contact rates, durations and distributions can potentially alter the risk posed by Qch pathogens to the individual. Ihis thesis provides a comprehensive description of oral contact behaviours and relationships in dairy heifers and identifies management practices that may be modified to alter rates, durations and distribution of these behaviours. Spatial closeness networks were examined as potential measures of social affinity and to determine the relationship between spatial closeness and oral contact networks.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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