Effects of age and calving season on lactation curves of milk production traits in Italian water buffaloes.

@article{Catillo2002EffectsOA,
  title={Effects of age and calving season on lactation curves of milk production traits in Italian water buffaloes.},
  author={Gennaro Catillo and Nicol{\`o} P P Macciotta and Antonella Carretta and Aldo Cappio-Borlino},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  year={2002},
  volume={85 5},
  pages={1298-306}
}
Test day (TD) records of milk production traits (milk yield, fat, and protein percentages) of 534 Italian buffalo cows were analyzed with a mixed linear model in order to estimate lactation curves pertaining to different ages at calving and different seasons of calving. Milk yield lactation curves of younger animals were lower than those of older animals until 20 wk from parturition. No effect of age at calving could be observed for fat and protein percentages. Season of calving affected milk… CONTINUE READING