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dc.contributor.authorMulkerrins, M.
dc.contributor.authorBeecher, M.
dc.contributor.authorMcAloon, C.G.
dc.contributor.authorMacken-Walsh, Á
dc.date.accessioned2023-08-31T15:55:14Z
dc.date.available2023-08-31T15:55:14Z
dc.date.issued2022-07-31
dc.identifier.citationM. Mulkerrins, M. Beecher, C.G. McAloon, Á. Macken-Walsh, Implementation of compact calving at the farm level: A qualitative analysis of farmers operating pasture-based dairy systems in Ireland, Journal of Dairy Science, Volume 105, Issue 7, 2022, Pages 5822-5835, ISSN 0022-0302, https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2021-21320.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11019/3220
dc.descriptionpeer-revieweden_US
dc.description.abstractPasture-based dairy systems aim to maximize the proportion of grazed pasture in the cow's diet by having a compact calving season that coincides with the onset of the grass growing season. In Ireland, where pasture-based systems are dominant, a key performance indicator that reflects the degree of compact calving is referred to as 6-wk calving rate (6-wk CR). Although the industry target is 90%, the national average 6-wk CR in Ireland is currently 67%. The aim of this study was to use qualitative research to understand in depth farmers' experiences in implementing a high 6-wk CR. Ten case-study dairy farmers were interviewed using the biographical narrative interpretive method. We identified 5 broad and often interrelated themes evoked by farmers regarding 6-wk CR: the “good” farmer; support networks; free time and family time; simplicity of a structured system; and profitability and monetary gain. The findings of this study identify complexities and challenges at farm level when it comes to increasing 6-wk CR, such as increased workload and challenges associated with large numbers of male calves born during a condensed calving season. Benefits experienced by farmers as a result of increasing 6-wk CR included increased days in milk and consequently improved cash flow as well as increased grass utilization. Our findings are of interest to researchers and extension agents involved in programs concerned with reproductive management in pasture-based dairy systems.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of Dairy Science;Vol 105
dc.rights© 2022 The Authors.
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/*
dc.subjectcompact calvingen_US
dc.subjectpasture-baseden_US
dc.subjectextensionen_US
dc.subjectqualitativeen_US
dc.titleImplementation of compact calving at the farm level: A qualitative analysis of farmers operating pasture-based dairy systems in Irelanden_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2021-21320
dc.contributor.sponsorDairy Research Irelanden_US
dc.source.volume105
dc.source.issue7
dc.source.beginpage5822
dc.source.endpage5835
refterms.dateFOA2023-08-31T15:55:17Z
dc.source.journaltitleJournal of Dairy Science


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