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Feeding of Whole Sugar Cane to Dairy Cattle during the Dry Season

  • Suksombat, W. (School of Animal Production Technology, Institute of Agricultural Technology, Suranaree University of Technology) ;
  • Mernkrathoke, P. (School of Animal Production Technology, Institute of Agricultural Technology, Suranaree University of Technology)
  • Received : 2004.06.17
  • Accepted : 2004.11.06
  • Published : 2005.03.01

Abstract

A study was conducted to determine the effect of feeding chopped whole sugar cane compared to corn silage on performances of dairy cows during the dry season. Twenty four Holstein Friesian crossbred (>87.5% Holstein Friesian) lactating dairy cows in mid lactation; averaging 16.5${\pm}$2.0 kg of milk, 121${\pm}$22 days in milk, 54.5${\pm}$4.5 months old and 440${\pm}$31 kg live weight, were stratified for milk yield, days in milk, age, stage of lactation and body weight, and then randomly allocated to two treatment groups (12 cows in each group). The first group was fed corn silage together with commercial concentrate while the second group was fed chopped whole sugar cane together with commercial concentrate. All cows consumed similar DM, however, cows on corn silage consumed more CP while cows on chopped whole sugar cane consumed more $NE_{LP}$. No significant differences in performances between the two groups were observed except for final live weight and body weight change. Cows on chopped whole sugar cane showed higher final live weight and gained more weight than cows on corn silage. The present study clearly indicates that chopped whole sugar cane can be fed to lactating dairy cows, while giving similar milk yield to corn silage.

Keywords

Chopped Whole Sugar Cane;Corn Silage;Lactating Dairy Cows

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