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Responses of dams versus non-nursing cows to machine milking in terms of milk performance, behaviour and heart rate with and without additional acoustic, olfactory or manual stimulation

By Katharina A. Zipp, Kerstin Barth, Eike Rommelfanger, Ute Knierim

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There is increasing interest in dam rearing where dairy cows are milked and nurse their calves additionally. One shortcoming in dam rearing is the impaired alveolar milk ejection, which lowers the milk yield obtainable by machine milking. In this study dams and non-nursing dairy cows were...

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  1. Agitation
  2. Cattle
  3. Heart rate
  4. Milk and dairy products