Journal article

Early-life events associated with first-lactation performance in pasture-based dairy herds

GM Chuck, PD Mansell, MA Stevenson, MM Izzo

JOURNAL OF DAIRY SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

This was a prospective cohort study to determine how events from birth until first calving affect performance during the first lactation in pasture-based dairy herds in Victoria, Australia. Events during the preweaning (0-84 d), prepubertal (85-473 d), and postpubertal (474-804 d) periods were recorded in 6 herds, and their association with first-lactation 100-d and 250-d total milk, fat, and protein yields was quantified. Predictors of first-lactation performance included passive transfer status as a calf; season of birth; age of dam; the presence or absence of dystocia at the time of the heifer's birth; the presence or absence of preweaning diarrhea; preweaning, prepubertal, and postpubert..

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