Journal article

An Extended Photoperiod Increases Milk Yield and Decreases Ovulatory Activity in Dairy Goats

Kathryn J Logan, Brian J Leury, Vicki M Russo, AWN Sandy Cameron, Alan J Tilbrook, Frank R Dunshea

Animals | MDPI AG | Published : 2020

Abstract

Short day length is associated with reduced milk production in dairy ruminants. Dairy ruminants have been kept in lit sheds during winter to extend the day length and stimulate milk production. However, there studies are few on the effect of an extended photoperiod on the ensuing reproductive performance of dairy goats. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of long day photoperiod (LDPP) and exposure to bucks on milk production and plasma progesterone and prolactin in dairy goats. The study was conducted in 122 non-pregnant lactating dairy goats over 18 weeks from April to August (late autumn and winter in the Southern Hemisphere). The goats were kept in open sided sheds in which t..

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