Journal article

Holstein-Friesian dairy cows under a predominantly grazing system: Interaction between genotype and environment

WJ Fulkerson, TM Davison, SC Garcia, G Hough, ME Goddard, R Dobos, M Blockey

JOURNAL OF DAIRY SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

A 5 yr whole-system study, beginning in June 1994, compared the productivity of high [HGM; Australian Breeding Value (ABV) of 49.1 kg of fat plus protein] and low [LGM; ABV of 2.3 kg of fat plus protein] genetic merit cows. Cows from both groups were fed at 3 levels of concentrate (C): 0.34 (low C), 0.84 (medium C), and 1.71 (high C) t of DM/cow per lactation. Thus, there were 6 treatments (farmlets) composed of 18 cows each. The 30 blocks of pasture on each farmlet were matched between farmlets for pasture growth before the study (and soil characteristics and aspect). Cows were culled, and pasture and feed use were managed so as not to bias any one treatment. Genetic merit, level of feeding..

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