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Grazing strategies and their relationship to traits of milk performance testing in cattle

Fuerst-Waltl, Birgit; Musati, Martino; Coppa, Mauro; Fuerst, Christian; Ivemeyer, Silvia; Klopčič, Marija; Martin, Bruno and Winckler, Christoph (2021) Grazing strategies and their relationship to traits of milk performance testing in cattle. Paper at: 1st Joint Meeting of EAAP Mountain Livestock Farming & FAO-CHIEAM Mountain Pastures "Mountains are agroecosystems for peope", Bled, Slovenia (online), 7-9 June 2021. [Completed]

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Summary

Transhumance or droving livestock to other areas during summer months is highly relevant for agriculture in central Europe. It enables the utilization of additional forage areas while reducing the work burden on the home farm and may thus lead to a higher profitability. In this study, as a first step, traits of milk performance testing of cows that had been reared at least partially (as young stock) in extensive transhumance grazing systems, were compared with those of cows that stayed (as young stock) on home farms in Austria (AT), France (FR) and Slovenia (SI). In the extensive systems analysed, transhumance to summer alpine (AT, SI), upland (FR) or Karst pastures (SI) is typically practised. With the exception of SI Fleckvieh, first lactation 305-yields of cows that were partially reared on extensive alpine, upland or Karst pastures were below those that were kept on home farms only. Apart from Holstein cows in FR and SI, SCS was however lower for cows that had experienced mountain pasture during young stock rearing. Further functional traits, i.e. fat-protein-ratio and fertility traits will be analysed.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:cattle, mountain grazing, extensive, transhumance, young stock, ProYoungStock
Agrovoc keywords:
Language
Value
URI
English
young animals
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_8489
English
cattle
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_1391
English
mountain farming
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_25673
English
transhumance
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7866
English
karst
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_33509
English
dairy performance -> milk performance
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_24276
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Austria
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > France
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > ProYoungStock
Austria > Univ. BOKU Wien
France > INRAe - Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement
Slovenia
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:727495
Related Links:https://www.proyoungstock.net/
Deposited By: Fuerst-Waltl, Dr Birgit
ID Code:42827
Deposited On:18 Nov 2021 15:00
Last Modified:18 Nov 2021 15:02
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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