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Postpartum Reproductive Management Based on the Routine Farm Records of a Dairy Herd: Relationship between the Metabolic Parameters and Postpartum Ovarian Activity
- Takagi, Mitsuhiro (Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Department of Farm Animal Production Medicine, Kagoshima University) ;
- Hirai, Toshiya (Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine) ;
- Moriyama, Naoki (Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine) ;
- Ohtani, Masayuki (Field Center of Animal Science and Agriculture, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine) ;
- Miyamoto, Akio (Department of Agricultural and Life Science, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine) ;
- Wijayagunawardane, Missaka P.B. (Department of Animal Science, University of Peradeniya)
- Received : 2004.09.26
- Accepted : 2005.02.16
- Published : 2005.06.01
The aim of this study was 1) to confirm the practical efficiency of a routine milk P4 monitoring system for postpartum reproductive management of a dairy herd, and 2) to evaluate the relationship between the blood metabolic profiles, milk quality and body weight of individual cows in the farm records, which may reflect the postpartum nutritional condition, and the time of postpartum resumption of ovarian activity of dairy cows. A total of 116 Holstein cows was used in the present study. First, during the period of Experiment 1, postpartum reproductive management based on weekly measured milk P4 concentration from individual cows was conducted. Compared with the reproductive records of the past two years without P4 monitoring, although the day from calving to first AI did not change, both the number of AI until pregnant (with P4; 1.9 times vs. without P4; 2.9 times) and the days open (with P4; 95.1 days vs. without P4; 135.8 days and 133.8 days) were significantly decreased. In Experiment 2, the measurement of blood constituents such as albumin, blood urea nitrogen, packed cell volume, ammonia, glucose, total cholesterol, non-esterified, AST and
Dairy Herd;Reproductive Management;Metabolic Parameters;Ovarian Activity
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