More milk, thanks to oil seeds
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CTA. 2003. More milk, thanks to oil seeds. Spore 104. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A cattle feed supplement that significantly raises milk production has been developed during a 3-year joint research effort between the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and India's National Dairy Development
A cattle feed supplement that significantly raises milk production has been developed during a 3-year joint research effort between the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and India's National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). The supplement, in the form of protein meal, is produced after oil is extracted from oilseed crops such as sunflower and rapeseed. These products are not normally efficiently utilised by dairy cattle "because most of the protein in the feed is degraded in their rumen, or first stomach," says CSIRO scientist, Dr Suresh Gulati. With the new protein meal, larger quantities of proteins will by-pass the cow's rumen, allowing nutrients such as essential amino acids to be absorbed from the small intestine, boosting milk production. India's 11 million village dairy farmers stand to gain. "The milk yield has gone up about 1 litre per cow/buffalo per day, thereby providing producers with additional income of around 9 Indian rupees (US$0.33) a day, per animal," according to the NDDB's Senior Scientist, Dr Manget Ram Garg. A feed supplement plant has now opened in India's Gujarat State and trials are taking place to assess the viability of establishing similar plants in other areas.
SubjectsANIMAL PRODUCTION AND HEALTH;
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