Research & Development
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Grass & Forage
- Near Infra Red Spectrometry (NIRS)
- Development of economic indices for grazed grass varieties
- Evaluation of grazed grass production and utilisation with reliance on nutrients from slurry
- Varietal testing under reduced Nitrogen
- The effect of lucerne silage on the intake and performance of high yielding dairy cows
- The effect of whole crop pea and bean forages differing in tannin content on the performance of high yielding dairy cows
- A desktop review of UK research on growing and feeding maize for high yielding dairy cows
- Demo Farms, Demonstrating Research in Practice
- Increasing the proportion of fresh grass in high yielding cow diets
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Grass and Forage Projects
Efficient forage production and utilisation is the basis of profitable pasture-based dairy farming.
As part of our Research Partnerships, we have made a substantial commitment to grass and forage research, including out wintering systems, production and utilisation of lucerne, use of whole crop peas and beans. Other projects focus on developing systems for more efficient herbage production and utilisation, including varietal choice according to production system.
Developing better methods for predicting the nutritive value of forage maize and high clover forages (using near infra red spectroscopy - NIRS) will improve accuracy in rationing, optimising production and reducing environmental impact.
Under the Defra Sustainable Livestock Production LINK programme, AHDB Dairy invests in collaborative research at Aberystwyth University to develop more productive and resource efficient varieties of grasses and clovers. Together with AHDB Beef & Lamb, we co-fund varietal testing to underpin production of the Recommended List.