Dados referentes ao artigdata referring to the article: Two Hours of Separation Prior to Milking: Is This Strategy Stressful for Jennies and Their Foals? The 2-h separation period, based on the reported data, is possibly not a stressful experience for the assessed group of Pêga jennies and foals. The reported protocol, which included frequent positive interactions with the animals, may be useful to assure acceptable animal welfare levels for donkeys in small-scale dairy production settings. . Few significant behavioural and salivary cortisol changes were observed, and milk yield was not affected by cortisol levels in response to the separation. The 2-h separation period, on the basis of the collected variables, did not appear to be stressful for the assessed group of Pêga jennies or foals; however, their ability to adapt to milking routine stress remains to be investigated.
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The study was conducted in Criatório Ximbó, a donkey farm in the city of Laranjal Paulista in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The farm had no dairy production activity, and the 60 Pêga jennies on the farm were used for reproduction. Fourteen multiparous Pêga jennies (245 kg average body weight) were studied from day 45 to 135 of lactation. On each data collection day, while still inside of the pens, together with their group, the behaviour of jennies in Stall 1 was assessed and saliva was sampled from both jennies and foals. The animals were then separated for 2 h.