News last update:6 Aug 2012

Aussie dairy cows switch to grain diets

A quarter of the dairy cows in Australia are fed on grain diets - and it's not just due to the drought.

Once dairy farmers fed grain to cows to get through dry times, but increasingly the change in diet is to boost milk supply and protein content.

Steve Little, from Dairy Australia, says just four per cent of dairy farmers rely solely on grass anymore. "Tasmania has the lowest level of grain feeding, they're at about 1.2 tonnes per cow per year and the highest regions are South Australia, northern New South Wales, south-east Queensland and other areas in New South Wales."

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[Source: abc.net.au]

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