Rumen function in dairy cows

Aims & Objectives
To improve understanding of rumen function as affected by diet, feeding,  management and animal-specific factors. In addition, to provide information on whether theoretical benefits in reduced greenhouse gas emissions predicted from residual feed intake are enhanced or offset by changes in  methane emissions measured on farm.

Expected Outcomes

  • New information on managing and predicting good rumen function
  • Information on animal specific effects on rumen function,  which may be under genetic control

Start Date     
June 2011          

Completion Date
October 2016

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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