Articles | Volume 61, issue 4
Arch. Anim. Breed., 61, 413–424, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-61-413-2018
Arch. Anim. Breed., 61, 413–424, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-61-413-2018

Original study 30 Oct 2018

Original study | 30 Oct 2018

Body weight prediction using body size measurements in Fleckvieh, Holstein, and Brown Swiss dairy cows in lactation and dry periods

Leonhard Gruber et al.

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The objective of this study was to predict dairy cows' body weight from body size measurements. Body weight is an important trait for both management and breeding. Data were derived from 167 commercial Austrian dairy farms. To ensure high prediction accuracy, the use of a combination of both heart girth and belly girth is recommended if the use of scales is impossible. The large and heterogeneous data set supported a valid prediction.