Foetal programming relates to the idea that stress during a critical period of in utero growth can have long term effects on the offspring. In modern dairy production, there are many situations where stressors may impact the developing foetus. Factors include over-crowding, lameness, nutrient deficiencies, twinning, heat stress and mastitis. The performance of dairy cows that are being milked today is partially a consequence of their dam’s nutrition during pregnancy. The term that we use is “legacy effect”, which means that today’s decisions influence future production. –Dairy Global

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