Dr. Peter Krawczel 

 
 

Dr. Peter D. Krawczel

Associate Professor, Dairy Research & Extension Specialist

 

 

Contact

2506 River Drive
258 Brehm Animal Science Building
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
Phone: (865) 974-8941
Fax: (865) 974-7297
email: pkrawcze@utk.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Education

Ph.D., The University of Vermont/Miner Institute, Animal, Nutrition, & Food Sciences, 2011

M.S., Texas A&M University, Animal Science, 2006

B.S., University of Maryland, College Park, Environmental Science & Policy, 2000

Appointment:  70% Research | 30% Extension 

Professional Interest: Applied Ethology

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Dairy management practices that accommodate behavioral needs are critical in maintaining the welfare of dairy cows and have the potential to increase the long-term sustainability of farms. This is due to the increasing evidence suggesting a relationship between aspects of the management (such as stocking density, stall design, and bedding quality) that impact a cow’s comfort and her productivity.  Fully understanding this dynamic allows for management decisions that promote welfare in a manner that is economically viable at the farm level.  Additionally, there is increasing public demand that the quality of life experienced by dairy cows upholds the inherent social contract that exists within this human-animal interaction, which demonstrates the need for scientific inquiry into to ensure that empirical data is the basis for the assessment of welfare of dairy cows.  On this research side, Dr. Krawczel’s focus is on 1) the effect of a dairy cow’s physical environment and her ability to meet her behavioral needs 2) understanding the relationship among behavior, milk yield, and milk quality, and 3) establishing animal-based methods to assess the welfare of dairy cows.  On the extension side, his focus is on maintaining the sustainability of the dairy industry in Tennessee.  

Select Publications:

  • Hill, C. T., P. D. Krawczel, H. M. Dann, C. S. Ballard, R. C. Hovey, W. A. Falls, and R. J. Grant.  2009.  Effect of stocking density on the behavior of dairy cows with differing parity and lameness status.  Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci.  117:144-149.

  • Krawczel, P. D., C. S. Mooney, R. E. Butzler, H. M. Dann, C. S. Ballard, and R. J. Grant.  2012.  Effect of alternative methods for increasing stocking density short-term on the behavior, hygiene, and productivity of mid-lactation Holstein dairy cows.  J. Dairy Sci. 95:2467-2475.

  • Krawczel, P. D., L. B. Klaiber, R. E. Butzler, L. M. Klaiber, H. M. Dann, C. S. Mooney, and R. J. Grant.  2012.  Short-term increases in stocking density affect the lying and social behavior, but not the productivity, of lactating Holstein dairy cows.  J. Dairy Sci. 95:4298-4308.

  • Krawczel, P. D., L. M. Klaiber, S. S. Thibeau, and H. M. Dann.  2012. Technical note:Data loggers were a valid method for assessing the feeding behavior of dairy cows using the Calan Broadbent Feeding System. J. Dairy Sci. 95:4452-4456.

  • Lockwood, S. A., H. G. Kattesh, P. D. Krawczel, F. D. Kirkpatrick, A. M. Saxton, J. L. Rhinehardt, and J. B. Wilkerson.  2015.  Relationships among temperament, behavior, and growth during performance testing of bulls.  Journal of Animal Science, 93:5856-62.

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