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This level Zealand style grass-based dairyingRotational Grazingof nutrient management requires strictmay include:NCATs Organicattention to pasture management, which Maximum return to the farmerLivestock Workbookin grass-based dairies includes rotationalOrganic Livestock grazing systems to maximize forage intake Low cost of feeding, housing,Documentation Formsand pasture health. Attention will be manure disposal and machinerygiven to grazing management in this pub- High production per person, ideallication, and more detailed information for family dairiescan be found in the ATTRA publications Flexibility in milking system designRotational Grazing, Ruminant Nutritionfor Graziers and Pasture, Rangeland and Flexibility in grazing system designGrazing Management.
Increased water quality in streams have been relying on harvested grain and Increased fat and protein in grass-forages to provide high-quality feedstuffsfed milk products to support enormous milk yields. Mod-ern Holsteins can produce more than 60 Cleaner cows Holmes et al, pounds of milk per day, and many farmsand GLCI, report herd averages in excess of 20,Switching to grass-based dairy production pounds per lactation.
When you graze cows without feed- Breeds Conservancy, grass-based dairying any concentrates, you can reasonablyfarming is on the increase, and this neces-expect a decrease in gross income due tositates a very different type of animal.
If the herd is not Low-cost, grass-based dairies often cannotwell adapted to a forage-only diet or pas-support the high nutritional requirementsture quality is not excellent, it may also be needed by large-framed, high-producingvery difcult to get cows bred back in thecattle. Grass-based dairy producers aredesired calving window. However, produc-utilizing Ayrshire and Jersey breeds forGers in Pennsylvania have noticed a subse- their ability to maintain condition, milkrass-basedquent decrease in cow cost.
Coupled withproduction and reproduction on forage.
These cattle types are typically smallerandan increase in cow health and the efcien-cies of working a herd with fewer persons,framed and have lower nutrient require- seasonalproducers have realized an increase in netments than Holsteins. Again, there is widedairies, like all dairyincome, even with reduced milk production variability in the expression of the traits operations, rely on GLCI, However, some dairy farms important for pasture-based systems, evenhealthy, fertile cowshave experienced very negative health within dairy breeds.
A good example is theHolstein genetics that are being developedof high genetic value. Acondition, breed back on time and continuecows productivity is determined by itsto produce milk sustainably. In addition to low Holmes et al, Selection of appro-productivity, you can reasonably expect a priate animal genetics for grass-basedyearly variability in milk production and systems is therefore an important factorprotability, as grass-based systems rely in the adaptive management process. In addition, there are theinherent inefciencies of seasonal milk sup-Factors inuencing genetic meritply to processors that should be taken into in dairy cowsaccount Holmes et al, Milk production potential Percent fat and proteinBreeds and animal types Feed conversion eciencyThe dairy industry in the United States Health and reproduction traitshas been under very intensive consoli- Cow longevity, or the ability todation and industrialization pressure toconsistently produce large quantities ofmaximize the efciencies that come with milk during a long lifetime of lactationslarge-scale production.
Since the s Holmes et al, dairy farms have been getting bigger, andwww. New Zealand dairy farmers seek to improveproduction, especially on a farm that reliesgenetic merit in cow herds by culling cows on pasture for a signicant portion of feedof inferior merit and replacing them withfor high-producing dairy cows.blacksmithsurgical.com/t3-assets/series/tempted-by-the-soldier.php
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ATTRAcows of superior genetic merit. Some of thehas a dairy sustainability checksheet thatimportant traits in dairy production, such is designed to stimulate critical thinking inas milk fat, and protein yields, are herita- planning a farm on which a primary enter-ble Holmes et al.
Heritability is a prise is milk production. It contains a seriescharacteristic of those traits that are suc- of questions intended to stimulate aware-cessfully transmitted from one generation to ness and dene strong areas in your farmthe next. Selecting bulls and cows that have management as well as areas that might bethese heritable traits is the foundation ofenhanced.
The Dairy Farm Sustainabilityimproving the genetics of a herd over time. Checksheet can be accessed at www. First, identify your goals.
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