A comparison of current dairy cow mineral intake on commercial farms relative to recommended levels.

Project details
The aim of this proejct was to assess current dairy cow mineral intake on commercial farms in GB, relative to recommended levels and provide accurate information on current mineral inclusion levels on farm compared with recommended levels, with a view to reducing diet costs and/or improving cow performance, health and welfare.

Completion Date
November 2012

Lead Contractor
University of Nottingham - Research Partnership study 

Other Delivery Partners
University of Reading, Harper Adams University, SRUC, Royal Veterinary College, Aberystwyth University

AHDB Dairy

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Scientific literature

Sinclair, L.A. and Atkins, N. 2015. Intake of selected minerals on commercial dairy herds in central and norther England in comparison with requirements. Journal of Agricultural Science, 153, Issue 4, p743-752

Sinclair, L.A. and Atkins, N. 2013. A survey of dietary levels of selected macro and trace elements fed on UK dairy farms. Advances in Animal Biosciences p77

Sinclair, L.A. and Mackenzie, A.M. 2013. Mineral nutrition of dairy cows: supply vs. requirements. In: Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition. P.C. Garnsworthy and Wiseman, J. (Editors). Context Publishing, Ashby de la Zouch, UK.

For further information please contact: Jenny.Gibbons@dairyco.ahdb.org.uk or call 024 7647 8689