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What are the causes of poor milk production in cattle?

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2011-11-22 21:12:40
2011-11-22 21:12:40

It is primarily due to either genetics or nutritional factors. Low feed quality or poor feed is quite often the primary reason that a cow is not producing adequate milk. But genetics also plays a big role. A cow with poor milking ability will produce less milk than a cow with good milking ability.

Stress is also a concern. If a cow is stressed from heat, cold, pain from an injury or illness/disease, discomfort or fear, she will produce less milk than a cow that is comfortable, relaxed and experiences no pain of any kind.

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