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The economics of naturally occurring twinning in dairy cattle.
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PMID:  1578019     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To determine the additional costs and returns of twin calvings in dairy cattle, an economic model was developed on the personal computer. Data used in the model were recorded on 33 farms over 6.5 yr and included 381 twin calvings. For missing information, assumptions were made from the literature. Additional calf returns turned out to be $2.96. Total additional cost were $71.47, consisting of $100.92 for milk reduction, $39.51 for increased premature culling, $19.25 for increased occurrence of abortion, $5.69 for increased therapy, and $6.09 for increased calving interval. Total losses were on average $171.47 - $62.69 = $108.51 per twin birth. Realistic changes in input variables could not change this negative outcome to a positive result. Therefore, it was concluded that it is not profitable to select to increase the number of twins in dairy cattle.
G M Beerepoot; A A Dykhuizen; M Nielen; Y H Schukken
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of dairy science     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0022-0302     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Dairy Sci.     Publication Date:  1992 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-06-05     Completed Date:  1992-06-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985126R     Medline TA:  J Dairy Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1044-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Farm Management, Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Breeding / economics*
Cattle / physiology*
Cattle Diseases / etiology
Computer Simulation
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Costs and Cost Analysis
Dairying / economics*
Dystocia / etiology,  veterinary
Models, Econometric*

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