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The use of early lactation milk protein content to predict subsequent fertility performance and likelihood of culling, in commercial dairy cows

Tena-Martinez, M. J., Val-Arreola, D., Hanks, J. D. and Taylor, N. M. (2009) The use of early lactation milk protein content to predict subsequent fertility performance and likelihood of culling, in commercial dairy cows. Journal of Animal and Feed Sciences, 18 (2). pp. 209-220. ISSN 1230-1388

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Abstract/Summary

A dataset of 1,846,990 completed lactation record,; was created Using milk recording data from 8,967 commercial dairy farms in the United Kingdom over a five year period. Herd-specific lactation curves describing levels of milk, Cat and protein by lactation number and month of calving were generated for each farm. The actual yield of milk and protein proportion at the first milk recording of individual cow lactations were compared with the levels taken from the lactation curves. Logistic regression analysis showed that cows production milk with a lower percentage of protein than average had a significantly lower probability of being in-calf at 100 days post calving and it significantly higher probability of being culled at the end of lactation. The culling rates derived from the studied database demonstrate the current high wastage rate of commercial dairy cows. Well of this wastage is due to involuntary culling as a result of reproductive failure.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:9270
Uncontrolled Keywords:fertility, probability of culling, milk protein, milk records, body condition score, reproductive-performance, postpartum, cattle, herds, parameters, holstein

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