Prepartum milking effects on parlour behaviour, endocrine and immune responses in Holstein heifers.

@article{Eicher2007PrepartumME,
  title={Prepartum milking effects on parlour behaviour, endocrine and immune responses in Holstein heifers.},
  author={Susan D. Eicher and Michael M. Schutz and Francis J Kearney and Scott Willard and Susan H Bowers and Scott Gandy and Kenneth Graves},
  journal={The Journal of dairy research},
  year={2007},
  volume={74 4},
  pages={417-24}
}
Transition of primiparous heifers to the milking herd is a period with multiple stressors. The objective of these studies was to determine effects of parlour experience and prepartum milking (pre-milking) on behavioural and physiological indicators of stress after calving. Two experiments were conducted, one was in a free-stall housing confinement system and the second was in a modified grazing system. Forty-eight first-calf heifers were assigned to three treatments: control; experienced… CONTINUE READING

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