Grain based diets for dairy cows are getting more interest as fodder and land
are getting more expensive. The Australian dairy industry has
therefore launched a research project to find out whether feeding cows
grain will increase the amount of milk they produce.
More and more dairy farmers are turning to grain-based diets for their herds.
Last year the Australian industry spent more than AUS$500 million on feed grain.
Researcher Ray King says they are trying to find out how much grain is
needed in a cow's diet to increase milk. "As water availability becomes scarce
and if pasture's limiting then to maintain milk production we have to go to
other supplements, particularly concentrates and feed grains," he
"One of the key questions we're trying to answer, whether feeding
extra grain concentrates profitability."
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