Comparison of the breeding performance of cows in cold and warm loose-housing systems in Finland

C. Schnier*, S. Hielm, H. S. Saloniemi

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Abstract / Description of output

Finland's cold loose-housing systems for dairy cows were compared with the more traditional warm loose-housing systems regarding the number of days from calving-to-first-service, the first-service-pregnancy risk and the repeated-service-conception hazard. 3131 calvings registered during the indoor periods in 1996 and 1997 on 208 farms were modelled using multilevel survival analysis and logistic regression in a retrospective cohort study. Compared to cows in a warm loose-housing system, cows in a cold loose-housing system had the same period from calving-to-first-service, a significant 6% lower first-service-pregnancy risk and the same repeated-service-conception hazard.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-151
Number of pages17
JournalPreventive Veterinary Medicine
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2004

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Cattle
  • Fertility
  • Frailty models
  • Housing
  • Microclimate

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