What is it about?

In this study we tested keeping cow and calf together during the first weeks after calving in milk production. We found that cows produced on average 11 kg milk per day while with their calf, and 25 kg per day when they had been separated from the calf. The calves grew 1.2 kg per day when they had contact with their mother, but slower after separation.

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Why is it important?

More research is needed on practical and functional solutions for increased contact between cow and calf in dairy production. This study contributes to knowledge about an adaptable system for farms with a milking robot.

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This page is a summary of: Investigating cow−calf contact in a cow-driven system: performance of cow and calf, Journal of Dairy Research, February 2021, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/s0022029921000200.
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