Archivos Latinoamericanos de Producción Animal, Vol 23, No 6 (2015)

Tamaño de la letra:  Pequeña  Mediana  Grande

Key points for an efficient temperate grazing dairy system

John Roche


In grazing systems, operating profit is strongly associated with pasture utilisation. Therefore, efficient grazing systems maximise the production of pasture and utilise between 80 and 90% of the forage grown. Optimising this system requires appropriate soil nutrient concentrations, the best pasture species for the location and grazing management practices that maximise pasture production, while achieving high utilisation. Such systems also require a “fit for purpose” cow that can harvest large amounts of pasture in a short time, is resilient to short-term changes in feed supply, has low maintenance requirements (i.e.,

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