Effects of different stall type and bedding materials on lactation length, milk yield and some health problems in dairy herds

Karslıoğlu Kara N., Galiç A., Koyuncu M.

Journal Of Dairy Science, vol.96, no.96, E-Suppl. 1, pp.288, 2013 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Abstract
  • Volume: 96 Issue: 96, E-Suppl. 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Name: Journal Of Dairy Science
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.288
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


This study was carried out to determine effects of 2 different stall types

and 3 different bedding materials on lactation length, milk yield and

some health problems in dairy herds. 477 lactation cows in 37 herds in

Bursa were examined. Mean of lactation length (day) and milk yield of

cows in the same herd was calculated to determine the effects. A t-test

was used to compare the means of free-stall or tie-stall herds, and oneway

ANOVA was used to compare the means of herds with concrete,

sand or rubber bedding. To test the association between stall type or

bedding material and some health problems, Chi-squared test was

used. According to the results, a significant difference was determined

between 2 stall types, in terms of milk yield (P < 0.01), while mean

of milk yield and lactation length of herds with rubber bedding were

found higher than the others (P < 0.01). The associations between stall

type and repeat breeding, dystocia and retained placenta were found

to be significant (P < 0.01, P < 0.01 and P < 0.05, respectively). Also,

it was found that repeat breeding and clinical mastitis were associated

with bedding material (P < 0.05 and P < 0.01, respectively). The results

of the present study indicate that by providing suitable stall type with

better bedding materials, animals can be kept healthy, expenditures on

medical treatments can be minimized and consequently, profitability

can be increased.