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Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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MOREIRA, T. F. et al. Energetic status of crossbreed dairy cows during transition period in two different seasons. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2015, vol.67, n.5, pp.1327-1334. ISSN 1678-4162.

We used 31 crossbreed dairy cows to compare the energetic profile in summer and winter. Blood samples were taken weekly prepartum, at calving and on days 2, 5, 10, 15, 21 and 30 postpartum. All metabolic indicators analyzed were influenced by the physiological status. The glucose concentrations were higher during winter while the triglyceride concentrations and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) were higher in the summer. The season influenced the concentrations of cholesterol, AST and GGT, showing a different pattern between summer and winter. Non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) and beta-hidroxibutirate (BHB) were not influenced by the season. Cows that calved during winter had a greater body condition score (BCS) and lost more BCS until calving. During summer, 32.26% of the animals and 29.03% during winter had NEFA concentrations above the optimum level and 22.58% of the animals in summer and 19.35% in the winter had subclinical ketosis at some point during the transition period, making then more susceptible to diseases.

Keywords : NEFA; monitoring; herd health; heat stress.

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