How does stage of lactation and breeding worth affect milk solids production and production efficiency of grazing dairy cows?
Omar Al-Marashdeh, Tom MR Maxwell, Nicole M Wheadon, Yingluck Moonsan, Grant R Edwards, Long Cheng
Animal Biotechnology | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2019
The study investigated the effect of stage of lactation and Breeding Worth (BW) index on estimated dry matter intake (DMI), milk solids (MS) production, energy use efficiency (EUE) and feed conversion efficiency (FCE) of grazing cows. Two hundred crossbred cows with similar calving date (14 August ± 9.97 days), live weight (471.5 ± 44.02) and age (7.5 ± 1.25 years) were separated into five groups (n = 40) based on New Zealand BW index: Low BW (BW = 63.1); Medium Low BW (BW = 88.2); Medium BW (BW = 19.1); Medium High BW (BW = 128.9); and High BW (BW = 146.9). Milk samples were collected in early, mid and late lactation and herbage samples were taken the day before milk sampling. The DMI was e..View full abstract