137Cs transfer coefficients from fodder to cow milk

M. Belli, U. Sansone, E. Piasentier, E. Capra, A. Drigo, S. Menegon

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The transfer of137Cs from the components of cow's diets to milk was followed in detail on 10 farms in the north-eastern region of Italy (Friuli-Venezia Giulia) from June to July 1988. Samples of milk, grass and other components of the cow's diet were collected regularly and analysed for radiocaesium content. The transfer factors, calculated for137Cs after a fourweek feeding period with contaminated silage, were higher (0.0064) than those calculated in 1987 in the same area (0.0030). This may be attributable to the fact that the137Cs associated to the forage administrated to cows in 1988 was completely incorporated in the plant and thus more assimilable to the cattle. © 1993.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


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Belli, M., Sansone, U., Piasentier, E., Capra, E., Drigo, A., & Menegon, S. (1993). 137Cs transfer coefficients from fodder to cow milk. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 21(1), 1 - 8. https://doi.org/10.1016/0265-931X(93)90021-X