Advances in Knowledge of the Dairy Cow During the Transition Period in Uruguay

a Multidisciplinary Approach


  • Ana Meikle Facultades de Veterinaria
  • Daniel Cavestany Facultades de Veterinaria
  • Mariana Carriquiry Agronomía
  • María de Lourdes Adrien Facultades de Veterinaria
  • Virginia Artegoitia Facultades de Veterinaria
  • Isabel Pereira Veterinarios profesión liberal Uruguay
  • Gretel Ruprechter Facultades de Veterinaria
  • Paula Pessina Facultades de Veterinaria
  • Gonzalo Rama Facultades de Veterinaria. Instituto Pasteur de Montevideo
  • Andrea Fernández Facultades de Veterinaria
  • Martín Breijo Medicina, Universidad de la República, Montevideo y Paysandú
  • Daniel Laborde Veterinarios profesión liberal Uruguay
  • Otto Pritsch Medicina, Universidad de la República, Montevideo y Paysandú
  • Juan Manuel Ramos Veterinarios profesión liberal Uruguay. Universidad de la Empresa
  • Elena de Torres Facultades de Veterinaria
  • Paula Nicolini Facultades de Veterinaria
  • Alejandro Mendoza Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria
  • Joaquín Dutour Agronomía
  • Maite Fajardo Agronomía
  • Ana Laura Astessiano Agronomía
  • Laura Olazábal Laboratorio Tecnológico del Uruguay
  • Diego Mattiauda Agronomía
  • Pablo Chilibroste Agronomía



dairy cows, transition period, grazing


The transition from pregnant non lactating condition to non pregnant lactating status is a period of dramatic changes for the cow, which has to adapt its metabolism to the strong requirements for milk production. From the equilibrium that the cow resolves this period will depend the capacity to maximize milk production and quality, to evade metabolic diseases and ensure the following pregnancy. The nutritional improvement, genetic selection and animal management have increase milk production in the last decades and this is associated with a decrease in the reproductive performance and in the increase of health diseases. This review summarizes the studies performed in the last years in Uruguay, with emphasis in nutritional management, ingestive behaviour, endocrine and molecular mechanisms of nutrient partitioning and its relation with fertility in dairy cows. Studies that investigate the productive efficiency of different dairy biotypes and breeds are reported. Studies in the cow´s health that identify the transition period as a risk factor for metabolic, infections and traumatic diseases are included. We conclude that studies that integrate problems of national relevance are the appropriate methodology to investigate complex biological systems as is the dairy cow during the transition period under grazing conditions.


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Meikle A, Cavestany D, Carriquiry M, Adrien M de L, Artegoitia V, Pereira I, Ruprechter G, Pessina P, Rama G, Fernández A, Breijo M, Laborde D, Pritsch O, Ramos JM, de Torres E, Nicolini P, Mendoza A, Dutour J, Fajardo M, Astessiano AL, Olazábal L, Mattiauda D, Chilibroste P. Advances in Knowledge of the Dairy Cow During the Transition Period in Uruguay: a Multidisciplinary Approach. Agrocienc Urug [Internet]. 2013 Jun. 1 [cited 2023 Dec. 9];17(1):141-52. Available from:



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