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Gaining from Improved Dairy Cow Nutrition: Economic, environmental and animal health benefits


  • Colman, David R.
  • Beever, David E.


A majority of UK dairy herds have the potential to increase profitability by improving the ration of their cows. This paper reports that gains averaging around £100 per cow have been made within one year of adopting the Keenan Hi-Fibre ration by 239 UK herds in 2006 and 2007. Larger gains have been made by herds in France. The key performance indicator underlying these gains is Feed Conversion Efficiency, whereby the same, or even a smaller amount of Dry Matter Intake generates higher yields per cow. Importantly, the gains are associated with large improvements in animal health and reductions in greenhouse gases per litre of milk produced.

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  • Colman, David R. & Beever, David E., 2009. "Gaining from Improved Dairy Cow Nutrition: Economic, environmental and animal health benefits," 83rd Annual Conference, March 30-April 1, 2009, Dublin, Ireland 51424, Agricultural Economics Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aesc09:51424

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    Feed conversion efficiency; cattle nutrition; greenhouse gas emissions; animal health.; Livestock Production/Industries;

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