Brief Communication: Effect of maternal diet in late gestation on development of dairy calves
To investigate whether feeding strategies to reduce urinary N excretion would have negative effects on calf development, two feeding systems were compared. A total of 190 pregnant, Friesian × Jersey dairy cows were randomly allocated to one of two groups and offered either a low crude protein diet of maize silage and fodder beet (LCP) or a moderate CP diet of lucerne silage and fodder beet (MCP) for eight weeks prior to calving. Apparent metabolisable energy (ME) intake of dams was similar (110 MJME/cow/day) but CP concentration was greater for MCP than LCP (13.4 vs 7.5% of the DM). There was no effect of maternal diet on calf birth weight (33.0±0.5 kgLW) or morphometric measurements; heart girth (72.8±0.5) spine length (54.4±0.4) or hip height (73.1±0.4 cm). These results suggest that dietary protein restriction in late gestation does not have any immediate negative effects on in utero calf development.... [Show full abstract]
Fields of Research0702 Animal Production; 070204 Animal Nutrition; 070202 Animal Growth and Development
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CitationMoonsan, Y., Thomas, C., Bryant, R.H., & Grant, G.R. (2018). Brief Communication: Effect of maternal diet in late gestation on development of dairy calves. New Zealand Journal of Animal Science and Production, 78, 186-188.
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