Weight loss in early lactation

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

Cows in most of the research trials conducted at the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute are weighed every week.

All cows are weighed at dry off and again at 18-24 days before their due date. After freshening, each cow is weighed again. This information is used to monitor weight gain/loss during the dry period.

"Recently we weighed a group of early-lactation cows (2nd lactation and greater at 30-70 days in milk)," reports Anna Pape with the Miner Institute. "The group of cows was fairly small — 17 animals — but we learned some interesting things about our herd."

Cows with a smooth transition into lactation lost, on average, 250 pounds from freshening to 30-70 days in milk. Cows with health problems — displaced abomasum, lameness, mastitis — lost 100-175 pounds more than their healthy counterparts.

Weight loss in early lactation isn’t the whole picture, though... 

More...

Source: May 2012 Miner Agricultural Research Institute Farm Report



Comments (0) Leave a comment 

Name
e-Mail (required)
Location

Comment:

characters left


Ag-Bag MX1012 Commercial Silage Bagger

"The Ag-Bag MX1012 Commercial Silage Bagger is an ideal engine driven mid-size bagger, designed to serve the 150 to 750 ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

)
Feedback Form
Leads to Insight