The average lifetime daily production of dairy cows can be increased significantly

LifeStart average lifetime daily milk production

Increasing the lifetime average daily milk production in cows can be achieved by managing the following parameters:

  • Reducing the age at first calving
  • Increasing the milk production per lactation
  • Increasing the number of lactations per cow

Our early LifeStart research has demonstrated that using a LifeStart feeding schedule can significantly reduce the age of heifers at first calving and substantially increase the milk production in the first lactation.

LifeStart research carried out more recently shows that:
  • Culling rates during the first and second lactation are reduced significantly in heifers reared according to LifeStart principles
  • Milk production in the second lactation is also higher in animals fed according to a LifeStart feeding schedule

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LifeStart Themes

Most of the LifeStart science presented on this site is related to a particular stage of the life of a calf or dairy cow. There are however some general themes not related to a particular stage of life.

For a full understanding of LifeStart science, please review the information related to the following
4 themes:

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