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Profitability of organic and conventional dairy production with different dietary proportions of high-quality grass silage

Patel, M.; Wredle, E.; Spörndly, E.; Bertilsson, J. and Kumm, K.-I. (2013) Profitability of organic and conventional dairy production with different dietary proportions of high-quality grass silage. In: Løes, Anne-Kristin; Askegaard, Margrethe; Langer, Vibeke; Partanen, Kirsi; Pehme, Sirli; Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Salomon, Eva; Sørensen, Peter; Ullvén, Karin and Wivstad, Maria (Eds.) Organic farming systems as a driver for change, NJF Report, no. 9 (3), pp. 65-66.

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Profitability in milk production was calculated using diets with three different proportions of high-quality grass silage. The treatments consisted of the same feeds, but differed in the dietary proportion of forage: low (L), medium (M) and high (H), representing one conventional and two organic diets. The calculations were based on results in feed intake and milk production from a large dairy cow experiment. In the calculations, three different districts with different conditions for farming were used as models, and calculations were performed on two different herd sizes. In addition, current financial supports were both included and excluded in the calculations. The results showed only minor differences in profitability between using in average 60% or 70% of dry matter (DM) of silage in diets used in organic production. In conventional production, it was profitable to increase the average dietary proportion of silage from 50% to 60% of DM when the prices of concentrate and grains were as high as at the present. The results showed clear economic benefits of increasing the proportion of high-quality silage in conventional Scandinavian dairy cow diets up to levels similar to the standards of the organic production system.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Agrovoc keywords:
EnglishMilk productionhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_4829
EnglishConventional farminghttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_331393
EnglishOrganic husbandryhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36807
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Pasture and forage crops
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2013: NJF Seminar 461 - Organic farming systems as a driver for change
Deposited By: Sørensen, Peter
ID Code:24542
Deposited On:06 Nov 2013 22:03
Last Modified:06 Nov 2013 22:03
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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