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AAB | Articles | Volume 62, issue 2
Arch. Anim. Breed., 62, 491–500, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-62-491-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Arch. Anim. Breed., 62, 491–500, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-62-491-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Original study 29 Jul 2019

Original study | 29 Jul 2019

Analysis of lactating cows on commercial Austrian dairy farms: the influence of genotype and body weight on efficiency parameters

Maria Ledinek et al.
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The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of body weight on the efficiency of dairy cows. Data were derived from 161 commercial Austrian dairy farms. An optimum body weight range for efficiency does exist as the relationship of milk yield and body weight is nonlinear. Specialized dairy breeds seem to respond more intensively to body weight range than dual-purpose breeds. Cows with medium weights are the most efficient. A further increase in dairy cows’ body weights should be avoided.
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