Effects of Fat Supplementation and Chop Length on Milk Composition and Ruminal Fermentation of Cows Fed Diets Containing Alfalfa Silage
M. Sharifi 1, A. Hosseinkhani 1, M. Soufizadeh 2 and J. Mosavi 3. / 1 Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran; 2 Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Urmia, Urmia, Iran; 3 Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agricultural Science, University of Gilan, Rasht, Iran.
INTRODUCTIONPreservation of alfalfa as silage is becoming convenient due to the ease of mechanization and reduced susceptibility to weather damage (Khadem et al. 2009). Calberry et al. (2003); Bhandari et al. (2008) and Khadem et al. (2009) reported that cows fed on ration containing chopped alfalfa hay had lower intake than those fed on a diet containing chopped alfalfa silage. But similar milk y...