Once-daily milking (ODM) of dairy cows in New Zealand results in a yield loss of 15-25% (Carruthers V.R. et al.,(1993)). This loss is not associated with the total storage capacity of the udder, although some studies have shown that increase in the volume of milk in the cistern is associated with reduced yield loss during ODM (Knight C.H. and Dewhurst R.J. (1994)). The following experi-ment was undertaken to determine whether removal of cisternal, but not alveolar milk, at the p.m. milking, de-creased the production loss during ODM.
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 57, , 217, 1997
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