Analysis of daily body weight of dairy cows in early lactation and associations withproductive and reproductive performance. The objective of this study was to describe daily body weight BW changes in the first days of lactation in confined dairy cows and to associate BW loss with productive and reproductive performance. Data included 26, daily BW measurements of Holsteins calving between June and June in a commercial herd in the South of Brazil. Cows were automatically weighed and were assigned according to parity. Individual measurements were smoothed using cubic splines, generating nadir BW, days to nadir BW and the BW loss absolute and relative values. This approach used days in milk DIM as a single smoothing variable. Body weight at calving differed across parities: Body weight at nadir also differed across parities: However, cows in first parity had more chances for good reproduction than cows in third and subsequent parities
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This article is part of our series of original articles on emerging featured topics. Please check here to see other articles in this series. Please check this link first if you are interested in organic or specialty dairy production. Fermentable carbohydrates are the main energy source in diets of high-producing dairy cows and play a major role in microbial growth and protein synthesis in the rumen. Neutral detergent fiber NDF, soluble fiber, starch, and sugars are the main carbohydrate sources. Although these varied carbohydrate sources can be used for energy, they differ in fermentation end-products produced by rumen microorganisms, which in turn alter metabolism and performance by dairy cows. Starch is rapidly fermented into propionate in the rumen, the propionate is absorbed into the blood, and then it is later transformed into glucose in the liver. Alternatively, starch may be digested in the small intestine directly to glucose. Although starch is not considered a required nutrient for dairy cattle, it directly affects glucose supply; hence, it affects lactation performance of dairy cows. Corn is the predominant starch source in the United States, but corn prices have drastically increased in recent years following the greater demand of corn for ethanol production. Consequently, this has renewed the interest of dairy nutritionists in formulating lower-starch diets that could reduce corn inclusion without impairing lactation performance. Replacement of corn grain with non-forage fiber sources NFFS, highly digestible forages i.
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