What to expect from the webinar:
Increased volatility in prices and availability of soya and other protein sources has increased the importance of providing more protein from home-grown forages in diets of dairy cows.
Alternative protein forage crops provide an opportunity for dairy systems to reduce purchased feed cost and fertiliser applications.
Join this EuroDairy webinar where Elisabet Nadeau and EuroDairy pilot farmer Per Larsson will discuss the role of forages as a protein source in dairy systems. During this webinar Elisabet will cover forage species, the rate of nitrogen fertiliser, wilting, harvest, conservation, the use of additives on forage protein and the effects on dairy cow performance. From his own experiences of running an organic farm, Per will discuss and share strategies for using forages as an efficient protein source for his herd. He will discuss seed mixtures, fertilisation programme, harvest strategies and provide examples of feed rations used to incorporate forage proteins into the diets.
About the speaker:
Elisabet Nadeau is an Associate Professor at SLU in the Department of Animal Environment and Health. She is currently focusing on forage evaluation and utilisation by ruminants. Elisabet has a joint appointment with The Rural Economy and Agricultural Society “Hushållningsällskapet Sjuhärad” where she works with farm advisors to transfer knowledge onto Swedish dairy farms. Elisabet spent 11 years in the USA researching forage conservation and dairy cow nutrition.
Per Larsson is running a 200-cow organic herd operation in Skaraborg County, Sweden. The 250-hectares farm is split into a 30-hectare grazing platform with the remaining 120-hectares used for forage and silage production. The herd produces 1800 000 kg of milk to Arla per year.