The objective of the present study was to compare the effect of whole crop faba bean silage with grass silage as forages for lactating dairy cows. The experiment also allowed comparison of the milk production response of faba bean crude protein (CP) to that derived from a rapeseed meal supplement. Three experimental diets were used: (1) Grass silage supplemented with a cereal-based concentrate (CON), (2) 75% of grass silage replaced on dry matter (DM) basis with whole crop faba bean silage supplemented with a cereal-based concentrate (FB) and (3) Grass silage supplemented with a cereal and rapeseed meal-based concentrate (RSM) so that it was isonitrogenous with FB. The diets were fed as total mixed rations and the target proportion of concentrate in total diet DM was 400 g/kg. The experimental design was a nine times replicated 3 × 3 Latin square and 27 dairy cows were recruited into the experiment....

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