Journal article

Effects of varying lactation length on milk production capacity of cows in pasture-based dairying systems

MJ Auldist, G O'Brien, D Cole, KL Macmillan, C Grainger

JOURNAL OF DAIRY SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

The aim of this experiment was to quantify the milk production capacity of cows undergoing extended lactations while fed a pasture-based diet typical of those used in the seasonal-calving dairying systems of Victoria, Australia. One hundred twenty-five Holstein cows were randomly assigned to 1 of 5 groups. Breeding was progressively delayed after calving to enable management of the groups for lactation lengths of 10, 13, 16, 19, and 22 mo (equivalent to calving intervals of 12 to 24 mo). Cows were provided with a daily energy intake of at least 180 MJ of metabolizable energy/cow. This was supplied primarily by grazed pasture with supplementary cereal grain, pasture silage, and hay. Cows were..

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