Interpretive Summary: Circadian clocks and their integration with metabolic and reproductive systems: our current understanding and its application to the management of dairy cows
By: Theresa M Casey, Karen Plaut
Cows like all mammals show seasonal and daily variations in the timing of physiology and behavior. Metabolic and reproductive status interact and affect these variations, and are realized in the daily and seasonal rhythms of milk yield and composition. Here we review the current understanding of the circadian clocks that underlie these daily and seasonal variations and discuss how this knowledge may help to develop management practices that maximize production efficiency of dairy cows.
Read the full article in the Journal of Animal Science.