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Vertooren, J. 2006. The performance of heifers reared in a suckling system. Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen. 65 p.

Number of pages: 65

Type of document: Thesis

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Language of document: English

Title in English: The performance of heifers reared in a suckling system

Abstract / summary in English:

In this study the effects on the performance of heifers reared in a suckling system (suckled heifers) compared to heifers reared in a bucket system (bucket heifers) were investigated. Heifers are young dairy cows that started first lactation. Focus was on the following parameters: age and live weight at first calving, milk production, and mastitis incidence. Also, attention was given to Paratuberculosis since suckling systems might increase the risks on its occurrence.