Behavioral and physiological effects of a short-term feed restriction in lactating dairy cattle with different body condition scores at calving.

@article{Schtz2013BehavioralAP,
  title={Behavioral and physiological effects of a short-term feed restriction in lactating dairy cattle with different body condition scores at calving.},
  author={Karin E. Sch{\"u}tz and Neil R. Cox and Kevin A Macdonald and John R. Roche and Gwyneth A. Verkerk and Andrea R. Rogers and Cassandra B Tucker and Lindsay Ross Matthews and Susanne Meier and Jim Webster},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  year={2013},
  volume={96 7},
  pages={4465-76}
}
Body condition score (BCS) around calving, and the typical BCS loss for up to 100 d after parturition, is associated with both production and reproductive performance of dairy cattle. In addition, there is public concern that thin cows may have impaired welfare, particularly in early lactation where feed demand exceeds pasture growth, and a lag exists between peak milk energy requirements and intake. The aim of this experiment was to determine how BCS at calving influences behavioral and… CONTINUE READING

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