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.

Download the 'Your herd’s milk production curve' fact sheet.

Key messages

  • 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