The objective of this study was to compare fertility, longevity, milkability, and profitability of cows from the Reggiana and Holstein breeds in northern Italy. Profitability was gauged for each breed, with consideration of economic incentive programs and alternative milk pricing scenarios. Calving to first service interval, days open, and calving interval were significantly shorter in Reggiana than in Holstein cows. Reggiana cows conceived approximately one estrus cycle before Holstein and had a calving interval 33 d shorter. Holstein cows released a significantly higher quantity of milk per unit of time (1.81 vs. 1.28 kg/min). Reggiana cows had longer expected total and productive lives than Holstein cows, by 5.8 and 10.0 mo, respectively. Replacement rate was 26% higher in the Holstein. Standard 305-d milk production was 5,360 and 7,870 kg in Reggiana and Holstein, respectively. Comparing breeds on annual milk and meat production, instead of standard 305-d milk yield, changed marginally the difference in annual profitability between the Reggiana and Holstein, from -€696 to -€679 per cow per year. Including feeding, milking, replacement, and insemination costs reduced the gap between breeds by 32%, from -€679, measured on annual milk and meat production, to -€460. These differences in profitability assumed a pricing scenario referring to milk sold to the dairy industry where protein and fat contents are valued but not the breed origin of milk. Incentive payments to farmers of endangered cattle compensated partially (22%) the lower income from Reggiana cows. When Reggiana milk production was sold as branded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Reggiana cows were more profitable than Holstein cows by €1,953 per cow per year.

Comparing Local and Commercial Breeds on Functional Traits and Profitability : the Case of Reggiana Dairy Cattle / G. Gandini, C. Maltecca, F. Pizzi, A. Bagnato, R.M. Rizzi. - In: JOURNAL OF DAIRY SCIENCE. - ISSN 0022-0302. - 90:4(2007), pp. 2004-2011. [10.3168/jds.2006-204]

Comparing Local and Commercial Breeds on Functional Traits and Profitability : the Case of Reggiana Dairy Cattle

G. Gandini
Primo
;
C. Maltecca
Secondo
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A. Bagnato
Penultimo
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R.M. Rizzi
Ultimo
2007

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The objective of this study was to compare fertility, longevity, milkability, and profitability of cows from the Reggiana and Holstein breeds in northern Italy. Profitability was gauged for each breed, with consideration of economic incentive programs and alternative milk pricing scenarios. Calving to first service interval, days open, and calving interval were significantly shorter in Reggiana than in Holstein cows. Reggiana cows conceived approximately one estrus cycle before Holstein and had a calving interval 33 d shorter. Holstein cows released a significantly higher quantity of milk per unit of time (1.81 vs. 1.28 kg/min). Reggiana cows had longer expected total and productive lives than Holstein cows, by 5.8 and 10.0 mo, respectively. Replacement rate was 26% higher in the Holstein. Standard 305-d milk production was 5,360 and 7,870 kg in Reggiana and Holstein, respectively. Comparing breeds on annual milk and meat production, instead of standard 305-d milk yield, changed marginally the difference in annual profitability between the Reggiana and Holstein, from -€696 to -€679 per cow per year. Including feeding, milking, replacement, and insemination costs reduced the gap between breeds by 32%, from -€679, measured on annual milk and meat production, to -€460. These differences in profitability assumed a pricing scenario referring to milk sold to the dairy industry where protein and fat contents are valued but not the breed origin of milk. Incentive payments to farmers of endangered cattle compensated partially (22%) the lower income from Reggiana cows. When Reggiana milk production was sold as branded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Reggiana cows were more profitable than Holstein cows by €1,953 per cow per year.
Breed comparison; Functional trait; Profitability; Reggiana cattle
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