Articles | Volume 64, issue 1
Arch. Anim. Breed., 64, 69–82, 2021
Arch. Anim. Breed., 64, 69–82, 2021

Original study 23 Feb 2021

Original study | 23 Feb 2021

The effect of rearing conditions during the milk-fed period on milk yield, growth, and maze behaviour of dairy cows during their first lactation

Jan Broucek et al.

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The objective was to find whether cow growth, milk performance, and behaviour are affected by rearing conditions until weaning after a milk-fed period of 84 d. Holstein heifers were assigned to one of three treatments: SM, pen with mother to 21st day, then group pen; SN, with own mother, then in pen with nursing cow; H, in hutch from 2nd to 56th day. The SN group tended to have the highest production of milk for 305 d and crossed the maze the fastest.