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calving

[′kav·iŋ]
(geology)
The breaking off of a mass of ice from its parent glacier, iceberg, or ice shelf. Also known as ice calving.
(vertebrate zoology)
Giving birth to a calf.
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However, he insisted it gives a tremendous opportunity for most to improve margins by producing more autumn milk within their existing calving pattern.
He said: "The meeting has made me analyse my own calving pattern, where 74% of cows calved in the first six weeks for the 2010 season when calving started on March 10.
The move to a spring calving pattern has developed over the years, probably due to the ease of management and reduced disease risk of calving outdoors.
At the same time, the calving pattern has flattened away from seasonal peaks as some producers shift from autumn to spring or all year round calving.
Herds with tighter calving patterns perform better than those with longer calving periods," he said.