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Assessing economic consequences of cow-calf contact systems in dairy production using a stochastic partial budgeting approach

Alvåsen, Karin; Eriksson, Hanna; Ahmed, Haseeb and Fall, Nils (2021) Assessing economic consequences of cow-calf contact systems in dairy production using a stochastic partial budgeting approach. Needs to be decided. Probably 'Livestock Science', XX, XX-XX. [draft]

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One frequently stated reason for employing early separation of dairy cows and calves is that this strategy is considered to result in a higher amount of saleable milk, which in turn will increase farm profits. Cow-calf contact (CCC)-systems are any type of housing or management system allowing calves contact with their dam or with foster cows during early life. To investigate the economic consequences strategies allowing cow-calf contact (CCC) was compared with a generic scenario separating cows and calves immediately after birth. These scenarios were developed and analysed in Excel using at Risk. Feed consumption, morbidity and mortality differed between the strategies, but it was milk consumption that affected the farm's economy the most. Milk income decreased when the calves received a larger milk supply, which was the case in two of the strategies allowing full day contact. With restricted suckling, on the other hand, the calves consumed less whole milk per day, which was economically advantageous for the farm but may not be beneficial from an animal welfare perspective.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:dairy cows, management, economy, calf rearing, cow-calf contact systems, contribution margin
Agrovoc keywords:
dairy cattle
calf feeding
milk production
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
"Organics" in general
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > CORE Organic Cofund > ProYoungStock
Sweden > Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) > Department of Clinical Sciences
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727495
Deposited By: Alvåsen, Dr Karin
ID Code:43003
Deposited On:15 Dec 2021 10:59
Last Modified:02 Jan 2023 08:02
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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