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Silage and milk production a comparison between 4 rates of groundnut cake supplementation of silage of high digestibility



Silage and milk production a comparison between 4 rates of groundnut cake supplementation of silage of high digestibility



Journal of the British Grassland Society 32(1): 43-48



Grass silage made in late May from 'S24' perennial ryegrass was offered to 12 Ayrshire cows in a 16 wk feeding experiment. The silage had a DM [dry matter] content of 25.3%, a pH of 3.91, and contained 16.8% CP [crude protein] and 68.4% digestible organic matter in the DM. The silage was fed ad lib and was the sole feed in the control treatment. In the other 3 treatments the silage was supplemented with a cube offered at rates of 0.8, 1.4 and 2.0 kg/10 kg milk. The cube contained 82.2% groundnut, plus molasses and minerals, and had 37.9% CP in the DM. The daily intake of silage DM was 11.4 kg/cow on average over the 4 treatments which did not differ significantly. The mean daily milk yields were 14.8 kg/cow in the control treatment, and 16.5, 18.2 and 18.4 kg in the 0.8, 1.4 and 2.0 kg supplement treatments, respectively. The SNF [solids-not-fat], CP and lactose contents of the milk were highest on the 1.4 kg supplement treatment. With a high digestibility silage, there is little evidence to support the feeding of more than 1.4 kg of high-protein cubes per 10 kg milk in the declining phase of lactation.

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