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Resigning protein concentrates in dairy cattle nutrition: a problemor a chance?

Leiber, Florian (2014) Resigning protein concentrates in dairy cattle nutrition: a problemor a chance? Organic Agriculture, 4, pp. 269-273.

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Online at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13165-014-0073-3


Based on the assumption that the reduction of the use of imported protein concentrates, such as soybean from overseas, is a goal of ecologically sustainable livestock production, this paper is discussing significant aspects of dairy cows’ demand for dietary protein. These aspects are put in a general context of rumen fermentation efficiency. The main question is, whether new perspectives on optimal rumen functioning could be found, which allow to develop low-input feed evaluation systems for dairy cattle, especially in organic livestock systems. It is argued that besides the reduction in concentrated feedstuff, such systems should base on aspects of feeding behaviour and feed diversity. Such approaches are expected to avoid nutrition-based metabolic disorders of the cattle and to generate advantageous side effects regarding food quality and ecology coming along with low-concentrate feeding. An approximate outline of topics for research and development in order to achieve such systems is presented with this paper.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Ruminant, Dairy, Feeding, Protein, Department of Livestock Sciences, Animal Nutrition
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal Husbandry and Breeding
Deposited By: Leiber, Dr. Florian
ID Code:27916
Deposited On:05 Dec 2014 12:04
Last Modified:02 Nov 2017 13:47
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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