In dairy cows, increased milking frequency (MF) has a positive effect on daily milk yield (MY), providing dietary energy intake is sufficient to maintain the increase in production (Phillips et al. 1980). Short-term increases in MF during early lactation may have both an acute effect and a carry-over effect on MY once the animals have returned to less frequent milking (Hale et al. 2003). The critical period for increased MF to generate a carry-over effect on MY is within the first three weeks of lactation and may only need to be applied for as little as 14 days ... continued
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 72, Christchurch, 67-69, 2012
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