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|Title:||Milk production and eating patterns of lactating cows under grazing and indoor feeding conditions in central Thailand||Contributor(s):||Prasanpanich, S (author); Sukpituksakul, P (author); Tudsri, S (author); Mikled, C (author); Thwaites, Christopher John (author); Vajrabukka, C (author)||Publication Date:||2002||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11934||Abstract:||Grazing behaviour, milk production, live weight change and health status were studied in 2 groups of 6 Friesian-cross cows grazed outdoors on pasture or housed indoors during mid-lactation in central Thailand. Indoor cows were housed in an open-sided barn and fed with cut-and-carried pasture. Outdoor cows were strip-grazed on the same guinea grass pasture without any shade and were brought indoors only for milking. All cows were also fed meal concentrate twice daily at milking according to their level of milk production. Milk production (11.9 vs 12.3 kg/d for FCM yield) and composition were similar in both groups. Hoof damage was higher amongst cows housed than in those grazing outdoors. These data suggest that dairy cows will produce satisfactory milk yields when grazed outdoors instead of being housed, as is common in Thailand. This grazing system should result in significant reductions in farm costs.||Publication Type:||Journal Article||Source of Publication:||Tropical Grasslands, 36(2), p. 107-115||Publisher:||Tropical Grassland Society of Australia Inc||Place of Publication:||Australia||ISSN:||0049-4763||Fields of Research (FoR) 2008:||070204 Animal Nutrition||Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008:||830302 Dairy Cattle||Peer Reviewed:||Yes||HERDC Category Description:||C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal||Publisher/associated links:||http://www.tropicalgrasslands.asn.au/Tropical%20Grasslands%20Journal%20archive/Contents/Conts_36_02.html|
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