Journal article

Effects of variations in herbage mass, allowance, and level of supplement on nutrient intake and milk production of dairy cows in spring and summer

WJ Wales, PT Doyle, CR Stockdale, D Dellow

Animal Production Science | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 1999


Two experiments examining the effects of herbage mass and herbage allowance on the consumption of nutrients by lactating dairy cows were conducted on irrigated perennial pasture swards in northern Victoria. Experiment 1 was conducted in early lactation (spring) with a perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.)–white clover (Trifolium repens L.) sward at herbage masses of 3.1 (low) or 4.9 (medium) t dry matter (DM)/ha and herbage allowances of about 20, 35, 50 and 70 kg DM/ Within each herbage mass treatment, there were no significant differences between herbage allowance treatments in nutritive characteristics of pregrazing herbage. Daily DM intake increased linearly from 7.1 to 16.2 (lo..

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