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Grass Feed and Value

The objective of this sub-programme is to undertake research studies focusing on increasing the efficiency of the conversion of feed to high quality dairy products and, where possible, to enhance eating quality and the health promoting properties of milk by altering the diet of the animal.

Potential Impact Indicators:

  • Improved production from grass based diets.
  • Reduced methane emissions and nitrogen excretion per unit of output.
  • Improvement in milk quality.
  • Evaluation of the potential of forage crops for in-situ winter grazing.
  • Comparison of TMR and grass-based systems of milk production.
  • Development of high quality milk production systems.
  • Modeling grass-based feeding systems.
No.RMIS - OngoingResearcherStartEnd
6194 Modelling dairy cow grass DMI to improve dairy cow performance Lewis E. 01-Jan-2012 31-Dec-2016
6518 Precision Nutrition for improved animal productivity, product quality and environmental sustainability Lewis E. 01-Jun-2013 31-May-2017
6580 Large scale methane measurements on individual ruminants for genetic evaluations Lewis E. 10-Dec-2013 09-Oct-2017
No.RMIS - CompletedResearcherStartEnd
5673 The role of total mixed ration (TMR) feeding in pasture-based dairy systems 567 Murphy JJ. 01-Jan-2007 31-Dec-2009
5755 Development of a dietary supplement based on omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids to increase cow fertility Murphy JJ. 01-Sep-2006 31-Aug-2009
5793 Grass cultivar evaluation 5793 O'Donovan M. 01-Oct-2007 31-Sep-2011
5901 Evaluation of feed system and calving pattern effects on performance of winter milk herds - 5901 Patton J. 01-Sep-2006 31-Aug-2009
6016 Grass cultivar structure, digestibility and intake - 6016 Lewis E. 01-Jan-2010 31-Dec-2013
6260 Review of factors impacting on the processing quality of raw milk produced in Ireland - 6260 O'Brien B. 01-Nov2011 31-May-2013