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The effect of a period of early season part-grazing on the performance of animals managed on two contrasting systems of milk production during the winter

  • C.P. Ferris (a1), F.J. Gordon (a1) and D.C. Patterson (a1)


In a previous study, spring calving dairy cows exhibited considerable milk yield responses when given access to spring grass for short periods (Sayers and Mayne, 1998). The current study seeks to examine the performance of autumn calving (later lactation) dairy cows when given access to spring grass. In addition, this study seeks to identify if winter management system (forage or concentrate based systems) influences the response achieved.



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Sayers, H.J. and Mayne, C.S. (1998). Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science, Winter Meeting 1998. Paper No. 50
Ferris, C.P., McCoy, M.A., Lennox, S.D., Catney, D.C. and Gordon, F.J. (2000). Fertility in the High-Producing Dairy Cow. Proceedings of an Occasional Meeting of the British Society of Animal Science, Galway. In Press.


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