Challenges of feeding dairy cows in Australia and New Zealand

W. J. Wales and E. S. Kolver - Animal Production Science

Type: Research Paper
Knowledge level: Advanced

Farm Table says:

An interesting overview of the past and present challenges of feeding within dairy systems. A very recent review of relevant information about research directions and finding in Australia and New Zealand.

What is this paper reviewing?

The differences and challenges of dairy feeding systems in Australia and New Zealand.

Why should you read it?

This paper gives an overview of the past and presents feeding systems in Australia and New Zealand, including a type of feed, feed conversion efficiency and limitations within the current systems. The authors then go on to explore the limiting factors of grazing intake, working with the feeding systems with the environment in mind, and outline the research going on that addresses these issues.

This review also notes the industry differences between Australia and New Zealand, including how Australia has focused on the improvement of feed efficiency conversion, while New Zealand the focus has been on improving the feed supply. Finally, the authors discuss individualized or differential feeding of concentrates to increase herd milk production, management options, and new technology integration.

2017 - Australia - W. J. Wales and E. S. Kolver - Animal Production Science
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