How the Cow’s Daily Pattern of Feed Intake Impacts Milk Synthesis
Kevin J. Harvatine / Department of Animal Science, Pennsylvania State University,
University Park, PA, USA.
IntroductionBiological rhythms are repeating patterns that are driven by time-keeping mechanisms within the animal and are adaptive as they coordinate physiology and metabolism with the external environment. The dairy cow has a well-recognized natural daily pattern of feed intake and milk synthesis and an annual rhythm of milk composition, but regulation of these rhythms has not been well describe...