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. 1989 May;31(5):1093-103.
doi: 10.1016/0093-691x(89)90493-7.

Relationships Between Fertility, Peak Milk Yields and Lactational Persistency in Dairy Cows

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Relationships Between Fertility, Peak Milk Yields and Lactational Persistency in Dairy Cows

I J Lean et al. Theriogenology. .

Abstract

Peak milk yield, lactational persistency and conception rates were studied using 5928 lactation records of high milk-producing cows at three California dairies. Log-linear analysis was used to study relationships between peak milk yield, lactational persistency, dairy of origin, lactation number and conception rates in 3850 completed lactations. Cows with peak milk yields greater than the median (38.2 kg milk per day) were less likely to have conceived in one or two breedings than cows with peak milk yields lower than or equal to the median. Cows with a higher than median (0.755) lactational persistency were less likely to have conceived in one or two breedings than cows with a lactational persistency lower than or equal to the median. Dairy of origin had a significant effect on the probability of conceiving in one or two breedings. Cows in the first lactation were more likely than those in subsequent lactations to conceive in one or two breedings. This retrospective study demonstrated that subfertility is associated with high peak lactational yields in high milk-producing California cows.

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