Your herd’s milk production curve
We are all familiar with the typical lactation curve of a dairy cow, and we understand that the total milk yield for a cow’s lactation is the area under this curve.
If you are looking to take advantage of good milk prices by optimising milk yield this spring-summer, it is important to keep the lactation curve firmly in mind.
- A cow’s lactation curve has three key dimensions
- Lactation curves vary with breed, calving season and parity
- Understand the interplay between changing intake, body condition and milk production as cows follow the curve lactation