Lactation, weather predict milk quality in dairy cows

Lactation, weather predict milk quality in dairy cows

Colostrum quality lower in winter, and cows with more past lactations have higher colostrum quality in the future.

The quality of colostrum — the nutrient-rich milk newborn dairy calves first drink from their mothers — can be predicted by the mother's previous lactation performance and weather, according to new research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

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