More bunk space, please

 Resize text         Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article

Inadequate bunk space in the breeding pen jeopardizes reproductive efficiency, according to a University of Wisconsin study.

During the study, researchers found inadequate bunk space to be one of the top factors linked to poor reproductive performance. They used a special technique to predict the percentage of cows pregnant at 150 days in milk. They found it decreased from 70 percent to 35 percent as bunk space decreased from about 24 inches to less than 12 inches.

“You’re welcome to overcrowd to get more milk, but this is the risk you run,” says Milo Wiltbank, professor of reproductive physiology at the University of Wisconsin. Aim for at least 18 inches of bunk space per cow in the breeding pen.

 



Comments (0) Leave a comment 

Name
e-Mail (required)
Location

Comment:

characters left


5M Series

Five M Series Models: 5065M, 5075M, 5085M, 5100M, and 5115M (65-115 hp). If you spend a lot of time on ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

)
Feedback Form
Leads to Insight