Thesis / Dissertation

Endocrine and metabolic status of dairy goats during the transition period

Fernanda Zamuner, Brian Leury (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

In dairy animals, the transition period, which spans from 3 weeks before to 3 weeks after parturition, is the most stressful time in their productive lives. This period is characterized by drastic physiological, metabolic, and endocrine adaptations to accommodate parturition and lactogenesis. Goats unable to adapt to this challenging time are more susceptible to infections and metabolic diseases, which might have a substantial impact on maternal health and productive efficiency beyond the transition period. An in-depth understanding of the biology of the transition period is essential for developing optimized strategies that could enhance milk yield without compromising herd health and welfa..

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