A new study conducted by the University of Minnesota found that ProCROSS cows are more feed-efficient.
Feed has a significant impact not only on the profitability of a dairy farm but also on the environment and animal welfare. Dairy producers have been experiencing great volatility in feed costs, which is decimating profits among dairy farms.
In light of this, dairy farmers are being urged to consider all options to help mitigate these high costs and, at the same time, ensure an optimal diet to improve nutrient digestibility, feed efficiency and profitability in cows.
A new study conducted by the University of Minnesota compared the performance of 3-breed rotational crossbreds of Montbéliarde, VikingRed and Holstein (ProCROSS) with purebred Holstein cows after being fed two alternative diets.
The key parameters invested in the study included dry matter intake (DMI), fat plus protein production, body weight, body condition score, feed efficiency, and residual feed intake (RFI) from 46 to 150 days in milk during the first lactation.