Once-daily milking, a practice that is gaining popularity in seasonal-calving herds in other countries, yielded mixed results during a recent study.
However, energy balance tended to be less negative for the 1X cows than the 3X cows. Less-frequent milking also had reproductive benefits. First ovulation occurred about 10 days earlier in the 1X cows than the 3X cows (18.3 days versus 28.6 days, respectively).
The research appeared in the May Journal of Dairy Science.