Tongue-playing and heart rate in calves

Tetsuya Seo, Shusuke Sato, Kimito Kosaka, Naoki Sakamoto, Kiyoshi Tokumoto

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    Tongue-playing is one of the typical stereotypies of fattening bulls, dairy cows and calves. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether tongue-playing has a de-arousal function by measuring heart rates before, during and after tongue-playing. Five Japanese Black (a beef breed) calves aged 6 months were investigated for 7 h. The periods of inclusive tongue-playing exceeding 20 s, which contained tongue-playing and para tongue-playing, were investigated. As a result, heart rates during inclusive tongue-playing decreased significantly and increased again significantly after that. It is suggested that tongue-playing has a de-arousal function which reduces sympathetic nervous activity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)179-182
    Number of pages4
    JournalApplied Animal Behaviour Science
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jun


    • Cattle
    • Stereotypies
    • Sympathetic nervous activity
    • Tongue-rolling

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Food Animals
    • Animal Science and Zoology


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