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Innovative strategies related to forage production, utilization and feeding for dairy cow productivity

Zaralis, Konstantinos; Rinne, Marketta; Kurki, Päivi; Dragomir, Catalin; Gerrard, Catherine L and Padel, Susanne (2016) Innovative strategies related to forage production, utilization and feeding for dairy cow productivity. SOLID Deliverable 1.2. Organic Research Centre, Newbury.

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The SOLID project (Sustainable Organic Low-Input Dairying) carried out research to improve the sustainability of low-input/organic dairy systems in different ways. This deliverable is one of the three that are resulting from the WP1 of the SOLID project and presents and discusses a series of participatory on-farm studies that were conducted to test innovative approaches related to forage production, utilization and feeding in organic and low-input dairying systems. Specifically, the participatory studies focus on a) improvement of soil organic matter through grazing management and establishment of diverse swards b) on-farm strategies for the improvement of forage yield and protein content of the pasture c) utilisation of industrial by-products for dairy cow nutrition and d) the effects of dietary mineral supplementation on mineral concentrations in milk, with particular focus on iodine supplementation.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:Organic milk production, participatory research, forage
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: European Union > SOLID
Finland > Luke Natural Resources Institute
UK > Univ. Aberystwyth > Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC)
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:266367
Related Links:http://www.solidairy.eu
Deposited By: Padel, Dr Susanne
ID Code:35189
Deposited On:27 Mar 2019 16:57
Last Modified:27 Mar 2019 16:57
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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