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Dry matter intake and milk production of grazing dairy cows supplemented with corn silage or a total mixed ration offered ad libitum in a subtropical area

  • Ribeiro‐Filho, Henrique M.N.
  • Dall‐Orsoletta, Aline
  • Mendes, Diego
  • Delagarde, Remy
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
DOI: 10.1111/asj.13558
OAI: oai:HAL:hal-03231051v1
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This study aimed to evaluate the feeding choice, dry matter (DM) intake, and milk production of dairy cows that strip grazed on a mixed perennial species pasture receiving different supplementation strategies. The treatments were without supplementation (WS) or with supplementation of either corn silage (CS) or a total mixed ration (TMR) based on CS and concentrates, in a subtropical area. The supplements were provided ad libitum after the afternoon milking. Twelve Holstein x Jersey cows in mid-lactation (133 +/- 43 days in milk) were divided into six groups (two cows/group) and distributed in accordance with a replicated 3 x 3 Latin square design, with three 21 day periods (15 adaptation days and 6 evaluation days). The total DM intake, milk production, milk fat, and milk protein production were greater in the TMR treatment than in the WS and CS treatments and were similar between the WS and CS treatments. The herbage DM intake and proportion of time spent grazing were greater in the CS treatment than in the TMR treatment. CS supplementation did not affect the total DM intake or milk production/cow, whereas TMR supplementation greatly improved the total DM intake and milk production of the dairy cows grazing on mixed perennial species.

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