The effect of frequency of concentrate feeding on the roughage intake and milk production of dairy cows

Lindner, H.P.; Kirchgessner, M.; Schwarz, F.J.

Bayerisches Landwirtschaftliches Jahrbuch 56(8): 1010-1021


ISSN/ISBN: 0375-8621
Accession: 001005095

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In a switchback trial with 6 wk periods 10 Simmental and Simmental X Red-and-White Holstein-Friesian cows ate a basal forage with hay:grass silage:maize silage 15:43:42 and were given concentrates (5-10 kg/day) at 1 kg/2.5 kg milk. Giving concentrates in 6 daily meals rather than 2 did not significantly affect daily forage DM intake, av. 11.4 kg, milk yield, 24 kg, milk fat 3.94-3.96% or milk protein 3.47-3.43%. Crude fibre content of the total ration DM was about 19%.