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Using lactation curves as a tool for breeding, nutrition and health management decisions in pasture-based dairy systems
conference contributionposted on 2023-05-26, 07:33 authored by Adediran, SA, Malau-Aduli, AEO, Roche, JR, Donaghy, DJ
Milk yield and reproductive efficiency are crucial to profitable dairying. Although, genetic improvement in the last few decades has led to substantial increases in milk yield/cow, fertility and reproductive health have declined (Dematawewa and Berger, 1998). In a pasture-based system, a 365 day calving interval is crucial for optimum profit. Hence the need to increase milk yield by improving persistence of lactation rather than peak lactation which puts increased stress on the cows at the time when they should be rebreeding. Peak milk yield, persistency and lactation length are the key components of the lactation profile. Dairy cows with high peak yields are more prone to metabolic and physiological disorders (Terkeli et al 1999). Although estimated breeding values (EBV) in dairy cows in Australia incorporates indices of economic value, such as survival and milking speed, the impact of the current breeding approach and management on the shape of the lactation profile is not clear. Mathematical functions such as those previously used to describe a series of milk test day records (Wood, 1967, Wilmink, 1987), have the advantage of minimizing random variation while simultaneously summarising the lactation profile into biologically interpretable parameters.
Publication titleIn: Bill Fulkerson (Editor) Current Topics in Dairy Production, Proceedings of the Dairy Research Foundation Symposium, The University of Sydney, Australia.
Event titleDairy Research Foundation Symposium
Date of Event (Start Date)2007-11-09
Date of Event (End Date)2007-11-09
Rights statementIn: Bill Fulkerson (Editor) Current Topics in Dairy Production, Volume 12', Proceedings of the Dairy Research Foundation Symposium, The University of Sydney, Australia, 74-78 (2007)