alexa Parameters of test day milk yield and milk components for dairy ewes.
Food & Nutrition

Food & Nutrition

Advances in Dairy Research

Author(s): Fuertes JA

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A total of 3119 test day records for milk yield, somatic cell count (SCC), and contents of fat, protein, casein, serum protein, lactose, and total solids were obtained weekly from 155 lactations of Churra ewes during both the suckling and milking periods. All of the variables were significantly affected by stage of lactation, number of live lambs weaned, age at parity, and parity number within age. The lactation curves for SCC and for percentages of protein, casein, fat, and total solids were related inversely to the lactation curves for milk yield and lactose percentage. The SCC curve reached its lowest point at wk 5, which coincided with the maximum milk yield. At wk 3, lactose content reached its peak, and contents of fat, protein, casein, and total solids reached their lowest points. After weaning, monthly within-lactation correlations of the variables were simulated; values were 0.584 for yield, 0.468 for SCC, 0.371 for casein percentage, 0.360 for total solids percentage, 0.350 for protein percentage, 0.342 for fat percentage, 0.270 for lactose percentage, and 0.030 for serum protein percentage. Simplified procedures based on only one milking (a.m. or p.m.) could be effective in the testing programs for milk yield and SCC, thus, reducing the economic costs of milk recordings in mammary health and breeding programs.

This article was published in J Dairy Sci and referenced in Advances in Dairy Research

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