Rearing autumn born Friesian dairy heifers

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Published by Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheriesand Food in Alnwick .

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StatementAgricultural Development and Advisory Service.
SeriesPamphlet / Agricultural Development and Advisory Service -- P2379, Pamphlet (Agricultural Development and Advisory Service) -- P2379.
ContributionsAgricultural Development and Advisory Service.
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Pagination4p.
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Open LibraryOL20299277M

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A Study of Dairy Heifer Rearing Practices from Birth to Weaning and Their Associated Costs on UK Dairy Farms Article (PDF Available) in Open Journal of Animal Sciences 05(02).

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Westmacott. Of two farms using more grass-based systems, one kept predominantly New Zealand Friesian type animals along with some Viking Red cross Friesian and the other had a large number of mixed breed cattle with many Jersey and Jersey crosses alongside Friesian cross heifers.

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