Twinning in Dairy Cattle

  title={Twinning in Dairy Cattle},
  author={Paul M Fricke},
  journal={The Professional Animal Scientist},
  • P. Fricke
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • Biology
  • The Professional Animal Scientist
Abstract Twinning in dairy cattle is an unavoidable outcome of reproduction and is undesirable because it reduces the overall profitability of a dairy operation through negative effects on cows calving twins as well as on calves born as twins. Cows calving twins are at greater risk for many periparturient reproductive and metabolic disorders than nontwinning herdmates, and incidences of abortion, stillbirth, neonatal calf mortality, and reduced birth weight are greater among twin compared with… 

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