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The Effect of Frequency of Fresh Pasture Allocation on the Feeding Behaviour of High Production Dairy Cows

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dc.contributor.author Pollock, Jessica G.
dc.contributor.author Gordon, Alan
dc.contributor.author Huson, Kathryn
dc.contributor.author McConnell, Deborah
dc.date.accessioned 2022-05-31T13:34:08Z
dc.date.available 2022-05-31T13:34:08Z
dc.date.issued 2022-01-20
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12518/440
dc.identifier.citation Pollock, J.G., Gordon, A.W., Huson, K.M. and McConnell, D.A. (2022) ‘The Effect of Frequency of Fresh Pasture Allocation on the Feeding Behaviour of High Production Dairy Cows’, Animals. MDPI AG. doi:10.3390/ani12030243. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2076-2615 (electronic)
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.3390/ani12030243
dc.description Publication history: Accepted - 17 January 2022; Published - 20 January 2022. en_US
dc.description.abstract For ruminants, grazing and ruminating activities are essential in nutrient capture and ultimately animal performance however these activities can demand significant time and energy. This study evaluated the effect of three different pasture allocation frequencies (PAF’s; 12, 24 and 36 h) on the feeding behaviour of grazing dairy cows. Eighty-seven spring calving dairy cows were divided into three treatments. Animals were rotationally grazed with fixed paddock sizes of 0.14 ha, 0.28 ha and 0.42 ha paddocks for the 12 h, 24 h and 36 h treatments, respectively. Animals (14 per treatment) were fitted with behaviour halters that monitored feeding activity. Diurnal feeding patterns were evident for all animals irrespective of PAF, concentrating the majority of grazing during daytime (90%) and ruminating activity during night (73%). Treatment significantly affected feeding behavior patterns. Peak grazing activity coincided with fresh pasture allocation in the 12 h and 24 h treatments. In the 36 h treatment, grazing was more evenly distributed over each 24 h period with peak grazing activity witnessed daily between 17:00 and 19:00 regardless of fresh pasture allocation, suggesting lack of anticipation of fresh feed delivery. In the 12 h treatment primiparous animals exhibited greater grazing and ruminating activity relative to multiparous animals in the 12 h treatment highlighting the impact of competition for resources within each feed on lower dominance animals. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This research was funded by AgriSearchNI grant number D-88-16. The APC was funded by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.rights © 2022 by the authors. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/). en_US
dc.subject dairy cows en_US
dc.subject grazing management en_US
dc.subject animal behavior en_US
dc.subject grazing en_US
dc.subject ruminating en_US
dc.subject parity en_US
dc.title The Effect of Frequency of Fresh Pasture Allocation on the Feeding Behaviour of High Production Dairy Cows en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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