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Replacing protein in the diets of dairy cows with whole-crop pea silage

A summary of a study of high and low tannin whole-crop pea silage as a protein replacement in dairy cow feed.

Year of Publication2009

Interest in home-grown forage pea silage to replace soyabean meal is increasing. This study concluded that high or low tannin pea silage can replace approximately 1.1 kg per day of soyabean meal in a dairy cow ration without affecting cow performance. Nitrogen efficiency for milk production, however, decreased when the cows were fed either of the pea silages.

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forage cropsforage legumesdairy cow nutritionanimal nutritiondairy cow feeding
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