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See detailGrazing practices, perception and expectations of Walloon dairy farmers
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Bernard, Maxime; Lioy, Rocco et al

in Högling, Mats; Bakken, Anne Kjersti; Hovstad, Knut Anders (Eds.) et al The multiple roles of grassland in the European bioecnomy (2016, September 04)

The role of grasslands as a C sink is generally accepted. It is considered that permanent grasslands allow annual C storage rates between 22 and 44 g C/m2/y (Soussana et al., 2010) thereby contributing to ... [more ▼]

The role of grasslands as a C sink is generally accepted. It is considered that permanent grasslands allow annual C storage rates between 22 and 44 g C/m2/y (Soussana et al., 2010) thereby contributing to the mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Grassland preservation has several other advantages including a decrease in feeding costs (Dillon et al., 2005), a positive effect on cows’ health (e.g.a decrease in lameness) (Burow et al., 2011) and the provision of a positive image to consumers. Despite these arguments, grazing is decreasing in Europe and grasslands are disappearing. A better understanding of grazing practices and of farmers’ expectations could suggest ways of improving these practices and limiting grassland disappearance. As a result, Walloon dairy farmers were surveyed in December 2015 and the preliminary results are presented below. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimation de la quantité de matière sèche ingérée par les vaches laitières au pâturage en traite robotisée, utilisation de l’analyse des fèces en spectrométrie dans le proche infrarouge
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Decruyenaere, Virginie

in Agabriel, Jacques; Boichard, Didier; Choisis, Jean-Philippe (Eds.) et al 22èmes Rencontres autour des recherches sur les ruminants. (2015, December 02)

Malgré l’intérêt nutritionnel et économique de l’herbe dans la ration des vaches laitières, le pâturage est de plus en plus délaissé en raison notamment de l’automatisation de la traite et de l’extension ... [more ▼]

Malgré l’intérêt nutritionnel et économique de l’herbe dans la ration des vaches laitières, le pâturage est de plus en plus délaissé en raison notamment de l’automatisation de la traite et de l’extension de la taille des troupeaux. Une des raisons invoquées par les éleveurs pour cet abandon est leur manque de confiance par rapport aux quantités d’herbe réellement ingérées par les animaux et la crainte que ces apports inconstants se traduisent par des fluctuations de production laitière tant qualitative que quantitative. Or Decruyenaere et al. (2009, 2012) ont développé une méthode d’estimation de la matière sèche volontairement ingérée (MSVI) par analyse des bouses par spectrométrie dans le proche infra-rouge. Cette méthode présente l’avantage d’être non invasive, facile à mettre en œuvre sur le terrain et peu onéreuse. Le but de cette étude était donc d’évaluer l’utilisation de cette méthode dans un troupeau de vaches laitières traites par un robot mobile en pâture. Le troupeau (n=53) était divisé en 2 groupes dont le niveau de complémentation journalière était différent. Lors de la traite, le groupe 1 (GR1) recevait en moyenne 2,6 kg de concentrés/vache alors que le groupe 2 (GR2) en recevait 4,2 kg/vache. L’objectif était de vérifier l’impact du niveau de complémentation sur les résultats obtenus. Des prélèvements de fèces ont été faits une fois par mois sur 10 vaches (5 vaches par groupe) pendant 4 mois. Les spectres d’absorption dans le proche infra-rouge (NIR) ont été confrontés à des étalonnages NIR permettant l’estimation de la MSVI exprimée soit par rapport au poids vif (MSVI1), soit par rapport au poids métabolique (MSVI2). Ces estimations d’ingestion ont permis le calcul de la matière sèche journalière ingérée par vache (MSI1 et MSI2). Par ailleurs, les mesures d’herbe à l’entrée et à la sortie des parcelles pâturées ont été relevées ainsi que la densité du couvert herbacé pour évaluer la quantité d’herbe disponible. A ces valeurs de biomasses disponibles ont été additionnées des quantités de concentrés distribuées lors du passage des animaux au robot. Les valeurs moyennes de matière sèche ingérée (kg/vache/jour) pour le GR1 étaient de 15,20 ± 2,60 kg MS par la MSI1 et de 16,99 ± 1,80 kg MS pour la MSI2. Pour le GR2, la MSI1moyenne était de 20,20 ± 4,95 kg MS et la MSI2 moyenne de 21,95 ± 3,36 kg MS. L’estimation de la ration disponible par vache (kg MS herbe + kg MS concentrés) était de 17,25 ± 0,73 kg MS pour le GR1 et de 18,69 ±0,83 kg MS pour le GR2. Les valeurs obtenues par l’analyse NIR sont donc compatibles avec les quantités d’herbe et de concentrés disponibles. Les valeurs estimées par les 2 méthodes étaient hautement corrélées entre elles à part en période de faible ingestion (<10 kgMS). En ce cas la MSI2 semble donner des résultats plus fiables. En conclusion, l’analyse NIR des bouses apparaît une technique intéressante pour l’estimation de la quantité d’herbe ingérée au pâturage. [less ▲]

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See detailMilk production, milking frequency and rumination time of grazing dairy cows milked by a mobile milking robot.
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Minet, Julien ULg et al

in Conington, J; Klopcic, M; Lauridsen, C (Eds.) et al Book of abstracts of the 66th Annual meeting of the European Federation of animal science (2015, September 28)

In Europe, analysis of meteorological data shows that the average temperature has increased by ~1°C over the past hundred years (IPCC, 2013). Heat stress periods are thus expected to be more frequent even ... [more ▼]

In Europe, analysis of meteorological data shows that the average temperature has increased by ~1°C over the past hundred years (IPCC, 2013). Heat stress periods are thus expected to be more frequent even in temperate areas. The use of an automatic milking system (AMS) implies the need to stimulate cows’ traffic to the robot, especially with grazing cows. Describing how heat stress influenced cows’ traffic to the robot is the aim of this study. Grazing dairy cows milked by an automatic system (AMS) experienced heat stress (HS) periods, twice during the summer 2013 in July (J) and August (A). The daily temperature humidity index (THI) during these periods were higher than 75. Each HS period was compared with a “normal period”(N), presenting the same number of cows, similar lactation number, days in milk, distance to come back to the robot and an equal access to water. The first HS period of 5 days with a mean THI of 78.4 was chosen in J, and a second that lasted for 6 days in A with a THI value of 77.3. Heat stress periods were cut off with the same duration of days with no stress (N) and mean THI <70. Milk production, milkings and refusals to the robot during HS were compared with N periods. Milkings and refusals were significantly more numerous in HS periods in July (HS: 2.54 ± 0.11 vs N: 2.19 ± 0.08, 1.87 ± 0.20 vs 0.72 ± 0.16) but milk production dropped from 21.8 ±0.6 kg per cow and per day during N periods to 18.9 ± 0.8 kg in HS. In August, MY increased slightly during HS. This could be explained by less high ambient temperatures and decreased distance to walk inducing less energy expenditure. The increase in milkings and refusals to the robot during HS could be linked to water availability nearby the robot and confirmed previous findings (Lessire et al., 2014). [less ▲]

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See detailChallenging land fragmentation thanks a mobile milking robot: Statement of 2 cases of implementation: Liège and Trevarez experimental farms
Brocard, Valérie; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Lessire, Françoise ULg et al

in Conington, J; Klopcic, M; Lauridsen, C (Eds.) et al Book of abstracts of the 66th annual meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2015, September)

Cette présentation fait le point de l'expérience de l'utilisation de 2 robots mobiles, développés comme prototypes à la Ferme expérimentale de Trévarez et à l'Université de Liège

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See detailIs it possible for large herds to graze while keeping a high milk yield level? The experience of two Belgian dairy farms.
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg

in van den Pol-van Dasselaer, Agnes; Aarts, H.F.M; De Vliegher, Alex (Eds.) et al Grassland and forages in high output dairy farming systems (2015, June 15)

Grazing is more and more abandoned because of increasing size of herds and automation of herd management (e.g. automatic milking system – AMS). In this context, this study aims to evaluate milk production ... [more ▼]

Grazing is more and more abandoned because of increasing size of herds and automation of herd management (e.g. automatic milking system – AMS). In this context, this study aims to evaluate milk production and composition of 2 large Belgian dairy herds equipped with AMS during winter and summer. These herds were followed over 2 years. At grazing, 30% of the offered feed was grass. Milk production in both herds was similar in summer and winter (30.2 ± 7.14 vs 29.7 ± 7.8 ± in Herd 1 and 26.9 ± 0.8 vs 26.4 ± 0.8 in Herd 2) while their milk composition differed. In conclusion, it is possible for grazing to be preserved even in large herds without impacting noticeably on the herd performance. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation between levels of β-hydroxybutyrate and fatty acids in blood and milk and its impact on ketosis diagnosis in dairy cows
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg; Dotreppe, Olivier et al

Poster (2015, April 16)

SKC at herd level is difficult to diagnose. Poor production and reproduction performances are usually observed as an increased incidence of periparturient diseases in the herd (Suthar et al., 2013 ... [more ▼]

SKC at herd level is difficult to diagnose. Poor production and reproduction performances are usually observed as an increased incidence of periparturient diseases in the herd (Suthar et al., 2013). Diagnosis methods include determination of beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) and increased non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) resulting from body fat mobilization. BHB and NEFA could be dosed in blood of animals in late gestation and in early lactation. Post calving, cows presenting BHB over 1. 2-1.4 mmol/L are considered SCK-cows while those presenting NEFA over 0.6 mg/L are labelled fat mobilising cows. Development of non-invasive diagnosis techniques could be interesting to sample animals at a larger scale with lesser stress. The aim of this study was to verify whether blood and milk BHB values were correlated and whether diagnostic methods by milk analysis could be developed. Seventy -five cows out of 8 selected Walloon dairy herds were followed up monthly from calving to pregnancy diagnosis regarding production and reproduction. At each visit (V), BHB and NEFA levels were determined in milk and blood. A maximum of 5 V was made. BHB was determined in blood using a cow-side test and in milk by a colorimetric test . Blood NEFA and milk fatty acids were determined by gas chromatography (GC). Statistical analysis was performed by SAS 9.1. BHB levels in blood and milk were highly correlated (r= 0.86), indicating the possibility of diagnosis of SCK by milk sampling. The earliest the samples have been taken, the better the correlation is (r=0.95 V1; r = 0.91 V2). Comparison of BHB with NEFA demonstrated a better correlation with milk BHB than with blood BHB (respectively 0.51 and 0.53 in milk vs 0.41 and 0.48 in blood for the V1 and V2 respectively). After the 2d V, the correlation dropped to 0.38 (V3) and -0.14 (V4).To conclude, dosage of milk BHB could be a good indicator for ketosis diagnosis taking into account that correlation with blood BHB and with NEFA is time-related. [less ▲]

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See detailRumination time, milk yield, milking frequency of grazing dairy cows milked by a mobile automatic system during mild heat stress
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Minet, Julien ULg et al

in Advances in Animal Biosciences (2015), 6(01), 12-14

Grazing dairy cows milked by an automatic system (AS) experienced mild heat stress (HS) periods, twice during the summer. The daily temperature humidity index (THI) during these periods were higher than ... [more ▼]

Grazing dairy cows milked by an automatic system (AS) experienced mild heat stress (HS) periods, twice during the summer. The daily temperature humidity index (THI) during these periods were higher than 72. Milk production, as well as milking frequency, rumination time and milk fat to protein ratio (F/P) during these periods were compared to adjacent periods with mean THI of 61. The daily milking frequency, the total number of visits to AS and the milk production were significantly higher in HS periods (2.12 vs 1.97, 2.99 vs 2.69, and 19.7 vs 18.5 kg milk per cow, respectively). There were significant interactions between times and periods for milking frequency and number of visits, while the daily rumination time was significantly lower (339 vs 419 min) and the F/P in milk tended to be decreased (1.17 vs 1.23). These results could be explained by changes in cow behaviour during HS periods. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of concentrate level on milk production and traffic of grazing cows milked by a mobile automatic milking system on pasture
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg

in Hopkins, Alan; Collins, Rosemary; Fraser, Marieacia (Eds.) et al EGF at 50: The future of European Grasslands (2014, September 10)

Cows milked by an automatic milking system in pastures were assigned in 2 groups receiving different amounts of concentrates (2.1 kg vs 4.1 kg). The effect of concentrates’ level on milk yield (MY) and ... [more ▼]

Cows milked by an automatic milking system in pastures were assigned in 2 groups receiving different amounts of concentrates (2.1 kg vs 4.1 kg). The effect of concentrates’ level on milk yield (MY) and returns to the robot was assessed. Concentrates’ level had a positive influence on daily milk production over the grazing period as cows of low concentrates group produced 21.43 ± 0.62 kg compared with 24.33 ± 0.62 kg in high concentrates group. However this effect was modulated subsequently to grass quality and availability. Regarding daily voluntary returns to the robot, high concentrates group showed higher frequency (3.66 ± 0.05, compared with 3.22 ± 0.04 in low concentrates group) demonstrating positive impact of complement distribution on cows’ traffic. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of mild heat stress periods on milk production, milking frequency and rumination time of grazing cows milked by an automatic milking system
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg

in Hopkins, A; Collins, Rosemary; Fraser, Mariecia (Eds.) et al EGF at 50: The future of European grasslands (2014, September 10)

Grazing dairy cows milked by an automatic system (AS) experienced mild heat stress (HS) periods, twice during the summer. The daily temperature humidity index (THI) during these periods were higher than ... [more ▼]

Grazing dairy cows milked by an automatic system (AS) experienced mild heat stress (HS) periods, twice during the summer. The daily temperature humidity index (THI) during these periods were higher than 72. Milk production, as well as milking frequency, rumination time and milk fat to protein ratio (F/P) during these periods were compared to adjacent periods with mean THI of 61. The daily milking frequency, the total number of visits to AS and the milk production were significantly higher in HS periods (2.12 vs 1.97, 2.99 vs 2.69, and 19.7 vs 18.5 kg milk per cow, respectively). There were significant interactions between times and periods for milking frequency and number of visits, while the daily rumination time was significantly lower (339 vs 419 min) and the F/P in milk tended to be decreased (1.17 vs 1.23). These results could be explained by changes in cow behaviour during HS periods. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomical evaluation of feeding costs in pilot farms at grazing.
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg

Conference (2014, September 07)

Cette présentation montre la méthodologie de calcul des coûts alimentaires dans des fermes laitières au pâturage.Ce calcul nécessite l'évaluation de la quantité d'herbe présente dans la ration et l ... [more ▼]

Cette présentation montre la méthodologie de calcul des coûts alimentaires dans des fermes laitières au pâturage.Ce calcul nécessite l'évaluation de la quantité d'herbe présente dans la ration et l'évaluation du coût de production de celle-ci. La quantité d'herbeest estimée par différentes méthodes explicitées dans la présentation. [less ▲]

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See detailLes herbivores, transformateurs de produits fourragers et de coproduits issus de l'agro-industrie en aliments nobles pour l'homme
Decruyenaere, Virginie; Lessire, Françoise ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in CRA-W (Ed.) La viande bovine remise en question: De sa production à sa consommation (2014, February 19)

Les prairies recouvrent près de 50% de la surface agricole utile en Wallonie. Dans certaines régions, la prépondérance des prairies dans le paysage wallon se justifie par des contraintes climatiques. Pour ... [more ▼]

Les prairies recouvrent près de 50% de la surface agricole utile en Wallonie. Dans certaines régions, la prépondérance des prairies dans le paysage wallon se justifie par des contraintes climatiques. Pour celles-ci bien souvent, les sommes de température et la durée de végétation active sont faibles et limitent considérablement le choix des cultures susceptibles d’atteindre la maturité avant récolte avec certitude. Dans d’autres régions, les prairies s’imposent davantage en raison de contraintes agronomiques : nature du sol, disposition des parcelles, relief du territoire, intérêt dans la rotation pour les prairies temporaires… Ainsi, la grande majorité des prairies de notre Région ne peut pas être remplacée par des cultures ; elles doivent dès lors être perçues comme une bonne alternative à la valorisation du territoire. Grâce à la présence du rumen en amont de l’estomac, les ruminants ont la capacité de transformer des productions non éligibles pour l’homme, tels que les fourrages et les co-produits des industries agro-alimentaires. Ces aliments, de nature essentiellement fibreuse mais pas pour autant pauvres en protéine et en énergie, sont largement fermentés par les micro-organismes du rumen qui les dégradent en composés plus simples, valorisables ensuite par l’animal. Par ce mécanisme, les ruminants contribuent à transformer ces aliments grossiers en produits nobles, tels que le lait et la viande. On comprend dès lors aisément que la présence des ruminants est étroitement liée aux superficies enherbées, elles-mêmes dépendantes des conditions pédo-climatiques d’une région. Malgré des systèmes de production intensifs et l’amélioration continue du potentiel génétique des animaux, les bovins restent peu dépendants des aliments du commerce comparativement aux autres spéculations animales. Ainsi, selon l’APFACA, de l’ordre de 16% des aliments composés produits en Belgique et importés sont utilisés pour les bovins, dont seulement 1/3 est écoulé dans la filière viande bovine. L’herbe, les produits herbagers et les aliments produits sur l’exploitation tels que le maïs restent donc majoritaires dans la ration des bovins élevés pour la production de viande. La valorisation de l’herbe et des produits herbagers dépend fortement des performances zootechniques recherchées. Les objectifs de croissance sont établis, en autre, sur base des prix offerts par la cheville variant avec les catégories d’âge et de poids d’abattage. Ces dernières années, il semble que les animaux abattus un peu plus tardivement soient moins dépréciés qu’auparavant, facilitant la formulation de rations à base de matières premières herbagères. A l’inverse, l’intensification dans le but de produire des animaux abattus plus jeunes ou à un poids supérieur, implique une croissance plus soutenue, et de ce fait la distribution de rations plus denses en énergie. Pour la formulation de telles rations, certains coproduits disposent de valeurs nutritionnelles intéressantes, permettant de satisfaire des besoins nutritionnels élevés, tout en conservant une certaine autonomie alimentaire. Leur valorisation au niveau local représente en outre un intérêt considérable pour la rentabilité des industries agro-alimentaires qui, sans la présence de l’animal, devraient trouver d’autres débouchés pour les coproduits sous peine d’être dans l’obligation de financer leur élimination. Cet exposé a pour objectif d’illustrer les potentiels, mais aussi les limites, des aliments produits localement pour les bovins viande, que ce soit selon leur type (vache de réforme- taurillon…), leur race et leurs performances zootechniques, mais aussi l’intérêt de ces aliments en termes d’efficiences alimentaire et économique. Il analyse les atouts et faiblesses de la spéculation viande bovine en ne se limitant pas à l’échelle de l’animal seul, mais en le replaçant en tant que véritable maillon de la chaîne agro-alimentaire. Ce positionnement permet non seulement de mieux cerner les enjeux de ces élevages au niveau de la production primaire, mais aussi leur importance dans les secteurs amont et aval. [less ▲]

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See detailL'acidose subaigüe du rumen, une pathologie encore méconnue
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Rollin, Frédéric ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2013), 157

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) is a major problem in high-producing dairy cows. The drop in ruminal pH below 5.6 was considered as the major factor inducing this pathology till recently. However, new ... [more ▼]

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) is a major problem in high-producing dairy cows. The drop in ruminal pH below 5.6 was considered as the major factor inducing this pathology till recently. However, new technologies such as continuous monitoring of ruminal pH and rumen microbiome assessment have contributed to reconsider this concept. The aim of this article is to review the literature for a better understanding of SARA. [less ▲]

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See detailRetour d'expérience sur le robot de traite mobile
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg

in Point Vétérinaire (2013), 341

Using a mobile robot to milk grazing cows influences their milk yield. Several factors influencing mik production are described in this paper as is their relative impact on the production.

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See detailMise en route d'un robot mobile: réponses aux contraintes techniques
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg

in Point Vétérinaire (2013), 341

This paper explains the technical problems related to the use of a mobile automatic miking system and the solutions found at the University of Liege.

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See detailTraite robotisée et pâturage sont-ils compatibles?
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg

in Point Vétérinaire (2013), 341

Combining automatic milking system and grazing is often considered as impossible. This paper defined the difficulties related to grazing cows milked by a robot and how to manage them.

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See detailEffets de l'incorporation du ProtiWanze dans les rations des bovins.
Lessire, Françoise ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

In order to reduce production costs in beef and dairy cattle industry, the effect of introducing ProtiWanze, a condensed distillers soluble in their diets has been studied from 2010 to 2013. Results of ... [more ▼]

In order to reduce production costs in beef and dairy cattle industry, the effect of introducing ProtiWanze, a condensed distillers soluble in their diets has been studied from 2010 to 2013. Results of this study are demonstrated with emphasy on their impact on feeding costs in beef and dairy cattle. [less ▲]

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See detailField Investigation of subacute ruminal acidosis in Walloon dairy herds
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg; Theron, Léonard ULg et al

in Universität Bern (Ed.) Proceedings of 8th ECBHM (2013, August 28)

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) has been considered as a major metabolic disease in high producing dairy herds for years. For instance, out of 737 cows from Wisconsin farms, 20% exhibited ruminal pH ... [more ▼]

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) has been considered as a major metabolic disease in high producing dairy herds for years. For instance, out of 737 cows from Wisconsin farms, 20% exhibited ruminal pH values lower than 5.5, allowing diagnosis of SARA, while 23% of animals were considered at risk with ruminal pH values between 5.5 and 5.8. These findings were corroborated by further studies in Europe. However, different feeding practices and herd’s production levels are found in Wallonia, requiring evaluation of SARA prevalence in local herds. [less ▲]

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See detailIs the wheat distillers grains soluble ProtiWanze® a valuable alternative to soybean and canola meals in beef cattle?
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Rollin, Frédéric ULg

in Université de Berne (Ed.) Proceedings of 8th ECBHM (2013, August 28)

The objective of this study was to evaluate whether introducing the condensed distillers soluble (CDS) ProtiWanze® (PW) in beef cattle diets has an impact on feeding costs, health and production of the ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to evaluate whether introducing the condensed distillers soluble (CDS) ProtiWanze® (PW) in beef cattle diets has an impact on feeding costs, health and production of the animals. PW, a by-product derived from a Belgian bio-ethanol plant which utilizes only branless wheat, is an acid (pH=4) liquid feed rich in energy (VEM= 1130) and protein (TP= 282 mg/kg DM). PW supplementation from 9 to 13% on DM basis was tested in 4 suckler cattle farms for 4 months in 2011 and 2012: In 2011, 2 Belgian Blue (BB) (H1 and H3) and one Blonde d’Aquitaine (H2) herds were evaluated and in 2012, H2 was replaced by a third BB herd (H4). Every month, the animals’ health and production were checked by means of Body Condition Scoring (BCS), Ruminal Fill (RF), Fecal Consistency (FC), Undigested Fraction (UF) and Locomotion Scores (LS). Ruminal fluid was collected with a stomach tube (Ruminator®) on 5 cows for pH, redox potential (Methylene blue test) and protozoa assessment (optical microscopy). Reproduction performances during these 2 years were analyzed. The price of a diet containing the same amount of proteins brought by a mixture of 1/3 soybean and 2/3 canola meal was calculated to verify whether introducing PW reduced feeding costs. [less ▲]

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