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Davis, H.P. and Hathaway, I.L. (1956) Comparative measurements of Holstein, Ayrshire, Guernsey, and Jersey females from birth to seven years (Research Bulletin: Bulletin of the Agricultural Experiment Station of Nebraska No. 179)


ISSN 0097-1510


Body measurements are important for a proper understanding of how growth takes place in animals. Unfortunately, few growth data other than for weight have been published concerning dairy cattle. This is a report of measurements of females in the University of Nebraska dairy herd made as part of a long-time growth study. During the period 1922 to 1942 each animal born into the herd was weighed and measured at regular intervals. Presented here are the data for weight, height, length, width, depth, girth and hide thickness for females of the Holstein, Ayrshire, Guernsey, and Jersey breeds. The average body measurements are presented by three-month intervals from birth through 12 months, and by six-month intervals thereafter through 84 months.