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Specific Sugar Types and Sources for Dairy Cows

Published on March 31 2021 Progressive Dairy, contributed by Mary Beth de Ondarza

Today's dairy farms typically feed a large amount of fermented forages and processed feeds which contain little sugar. Because of this, lactating dairy rations usually contain 1.5% to 3% sugar, if no supplemental sugar is fed.

Since sugars are generally rapidly digestible, they can help the rumen microbes capture and use nitrogen.

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