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Sugar vs Starch: Understanding the Difference in Dairy Cow Rations

One way to enhance DMI and lessen the risk of ruminal acidosis through the diet is to increase the proportion of sugar in the diet. Sugar, in particular molasses, is known to be very palatable and has the potential to improve rumen function and health.

 

 

Molasses in January, or any other time

Does molasses increase the palatbility of rations? It is difficult to measure palatabiltiy. When dry matter intake increases after adding molasses to the total mixed ration (TMR) it may appear it does. However, digestibility may have been increased due to the ration not falling apart and decreasing the risk of cows sorting out the fines in TMRs, thus driving up dry matter intake.
Distiller’s grain contains high levels of fat, especially unsaturated fatty acids.  Excessive level of unsaturated fatty acid is one of the most important risk factors of milk fat depression

Tips to reduce sorting at the feed bunk

Molasses-based liquid feed supplements are still available and adding these supplements to TMRs is the recommendation of many dairy specialists. These products provide some moisture but it's more the sticky quality of the molasses that binds forages and grains together in the TMR, making it harder for cows to sort.

Feeding and Managing a Herd for 100 Pounds of Milk/Day

If you want your dairy herd to produce 100 pounds of milk per day, then you must consider the following principles. Each additional pound of peak milk will yield 239 pounds of milk over a 305-day lactation. First-lactation animals need to produce 75% of the expected mature cow production. Second lactation animals need to produce 90% of the

Molasses versus Sugars

LIQUID FEEDS ARE MORE THAN MOLASSES Registered and customized Liquid Feed products, contain molasses, protein from corn solubles and additional sugar sources. Molasses contains sucrose, glucose, fructose, organic acids including lactic and malic etc. other carbohydrates and is a rich source of B Vitamins. Adding custom blend molasses products to

What to do when you are over quota.

You have been over quota before; it’s not a big deal, right? You used incentive days coming along to absorb your over-quota balance. Well, it doesn’t look like there will be any this fall, and perhaps not for a long time. So, what do you do now? If you do nothing, you will end up dumping milk, or even worse, shipping it for nothing
Dairy Technical Bulletin There are three factors that influence the impact of sugar on fiber digestion. They are the rumen degradable protein (RDP) content of the diet; forage content of the diet; and amount of sugar and starch in the diet. Due to the interaction between RDP and sugar source, it is important to compare the impact of sugar on