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Estimation of Body Weight from Body Size Measurements and Body Condition Scores in Dairy Cows

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  • Carsten Enevoldsen
  • T. Kristensen
The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of hip height and width, body condition score, and relevant demographic information to predict body weight (BW) of dairy cows. Seven regression models were developed from data from 972 observations of 554 cows. Parity, hip height, hip width, and body condition score were consistently associated with BW. The coefficients of multiple determination varied from 80 to 89%. The number of significant terms and the parameter estimates of the models differed markedly among groups of cows. Apparently, these differences were due to breed and feeding regimen. Results from this study indicate that a reliable model for estimating BW of very different dairy cows maintained in a wide range of environments can be developed using body condition score, demographic information, and measurements of hip height and hip width. However, for management purposes, substantial improvements can be obtained by developing models that are specific to a given site.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Dairy Science
Vol/bind80
Udgave nummer9
Sider (fra-til)1988-1995
Antal sider8
ISSN0022-0302
StatusUdgivet - 1 sep. 1997

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