Factors associated with milking characteristics in dairy cows.

  title={Factors associated with milking characteristics in dairy cows.},
  author={Donagh P Berry and Barry Coughlan and Brian P Enright and Suzie Coughlan and Melissa Burke},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  volume={96 9},
Milking characteristics, and in particular milking duration, are a known contributor to costs in dairy production systems. Results from previous studies suggest that higher-yielding animals, on average, milk for a longer duration. Culling or selection for reduced milking duration alone may, therefore, reduce milk yield. Here, we propose 2 new traits, residual milking duration (RMD) and residual milking duration including somatic cell score (RMDS). Residual milking duration is represented by the… CONTINUE READING

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