Universal Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 4(3), pp. 78 - 85
DOI: 10.13189/ujar.2016.040303
Reprint (PDF) (373Kb)


The Effect of Rangeland Attributes on Milk Yield in Rangeland Dependent Dairy Cattle Farms in Erzurum Province of Turkey


Abdurrahman Kara *
Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Faculty of Agriculture, Dicle University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

This study was conducted in purposively selected villages in Erzurum in 2006 in order to determine the effect of rangeland and grazing cow attributes on daily milk yield per cow in rangeland dependent dairy cattle farms. Milk yield was recorded in about 10 study farms in each study village from early June to late September. Farms were visited monthly to check the milk records. In order to be able to see the effect of supplement feed during grazing period, study farms were provided with concentrates to be given one kg daily to lactating cows during the study. Vegetation studies were conducted on carefully selected 12 stops in relatively homogenous areas to represent the village rangelands using Modified Wheel Point Method. Rangeland condition values were calculated based on the vegetation studies in the selected villages regarding the nutritional value of the rangeland plants. Schooling years of the farmers, rangeland condition, bare ground, supplement feed during grazing period, cow breed, lactation order, days of the milking records, closeness of water spots to grazing sites and shading shelter availability were the variables considered in the study. In analysis of the data Least Squares with Dummy Variable techniques were employed. Analysis of the data revealed that schooling years of farmer, rangeland condition and shading facility had significant positive effect on milk yield as the effect of bare ground was significant and negative.

KEYWORDS
Dairy Cattle, Milk Yield, Rangeland Attributes, Education Level of Farmer, Erzurum

Cite This Paper in IEEE or APA Citation Styles
(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Abdurrahman Kara , "The Effect of Rangeland Attributes on Milk Yield in Rangeland Dependent Dairy Cattle Farms in Erzurum Province of Turkey," Universal Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 78 - 85, 2016. DOI: 10.13189/ujar.2016.040303.

(b). APA Format:
Abdurrahman Kara (2016). The Effect of Rangeland Attributes on Milk Yield in Rangeland Dependent Dairy Cattle Farms in Erzurum Province of Turkey. Universal Journal of Agricultural Research, 4(3), 78 - 85. DOI: 10.13189/ujar.2016.040303.