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Mehdi Hossein Yazdi

Mehdi Hossein Yazdi

Academic rank: Assistant Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3763-6507
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 55332944500
Faculty: Agriculture and Environment
Address: Arak University


Short communication: Test of the relationship between prepartum milk leakage and blood calcium concentration in Holstein cows—An observational study
mammary gland, milk leakage, prepartum calcium level
Journal Journal of Dairy Science
Researchers Ehsan Mahjoubi ، Davoud Zahmatkesh ، Mehdi Hossein Yazdi ، Mohammad Hadi Khabbazan ، Mohammad Reza Samadian


Prepartum milk leakage happens in some pregnant dairy cows close to calving. It has been hypothesized that low blood Ca is a cause of this event. To investigate the possible reason(s) of milk leakage, 137 multiparous pregnant Holstein cows were enrolled in the experiment and categorized by the presence (72 heads; leak group) or lack (65 heads; control group) of milk leakage before calving. The concentrations of Ca and P and the length of the teat were measured for all cows. Data showed that Ca concentration was not different between cows in the leak group (7.90 mg/dL) and those in the control group (7.99 mg/dL). Moreover, neither P concentration (4.62 vs. 4.54 mg/dL) nor teat length (4.28 vs 4.10 cm) differed between leak and control groups. Milk yield was greater for the leak group (53.6 kg/d) compared with the control group (50.1 kg/d) through 4 mo in milk. The leakage did not affect the odds of postpartum disorders such as retained placenta, metritis, mastitis, displaced abomasum, or lameness occurrence. The current results show that hypocalcemia is not a reason for observed prepartum leakage and that cows in the leak group produced more milk in the subsequent lactation period.