The Metabolic Predictors of Post-partum Diseases and Culling Risk in Dairy Cattle
Keywords:peripartum disease, metabolic status, negative energy balance, potential cut-points
The risk of peripartum diseases of dairy cows is mostly influenced by the nutritional and metabolic status of the cow. It is well known that negative energy balance is a problem of early lactation cows arising from milk energy output and relatively low feed intake. A large reduction in energy balance around calving may cause periparturient health disorders of dairy cattle. The objective of this study was to identify metabolites and potential cut-points associated with increased risk of subsequent metabolic diseases and culling for practical application in the monitoring of transition cows.