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Feeding maize silage to dairy cows: implications for methane emissions



Feeding maize silage to dairy cows: implications for methane emissions



Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production 65: 356-361



Maize silage was used on 25% of New Zealand dairy farms in 2003/2004, with 26% of these farms feeding 2 t DM/ha as maize silage. The nutritional value and animal responses to maize silage fed with pasture are well defined, but its impact on rumen methane emissions is not. In an 11-day indoor feeding trial, 32 Friesian dairy cows in mid lactation were fed ad libitum pasture with 0, 12, 24 and 36% of the dry matter (DM) intake supplied by maize silage.

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