TITLE

DIET THE KEY TO HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE COWS

AUTHOR(S)
Short, Wendy
PUB. DATE
April 2003
SOURCE
Farmers Weekly;4/4/2003, Vol. 138 Issue 13, p21
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Cow yields, health and fertility have improved following some major changes to cow diets. During the winter of 2001/2002, 200 Holstein Friesians at Healey Home Farm in Riding Mill, England were averaging 9000 kg. The autumn-calving herd was fed a mixture of silage and straights-sugar beet, brewers' grains, molasses, soya, maize gluten and caustic-treated wheat. Milk protein was an acceptable 3.3%, but butterfat was variable and herd manager Stephen Teasdale was finding it difficult to maintain levels at more than 3.5%. In August, 2002, crimped wheat heads at 3kg/animal were offered and from the first week in September, 2002, whole-crop crimped beans were added gradually, building up to 4kg/head throughout the winter.
ACCESSION #
9874653

 

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