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The effect of level of concentrate feeding on the response of lactating dairy cows to dietary inclusion of fodder beet

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


Traditional options to increase the energy intakes of lactating dairy cows include raising the level of concentrate feeding and/or improving the quality of grass silage. However, each of these options have limited potential to increase total ME intake (Ferris et al., 2000). The inclusion of an additional dietary component, such as whole crop cereal silage or fodder beet constitutes an alternative approach to increase energy intake (Phipps et al., 1995). An experiment was designed to examine the potential of fodder beet to increase the energy intake and performance of lactating dairy cows across a range of levels of concentrate feeding.



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Ferris, C.P., Gordon, F.J., Patterson, D.C., Kilpatrick, D.J., Mayne, C.S. and McCoy, M.A. 2000. The response of dairy cows of high genetic merit to increasing proportion of concentrate in the diet with a high and medium feed value silage. Journal of Agricultural Science (in press).
Phipps, R.H., Sutton, J.D. and Jones, B.A. 1995. Forage mixtures for dairy cows: the effect on dry-matter intake and milk production of incorporating either fermented or urea treated whole crop wheat, brewers’ grains, fodder beet or maize silage into diets based on grass silage. Animal Science 61: 491496.


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