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EFFECT OF RUMEN PROTECTED METHIONINE SUPPLEMENTATION ON EARLY LACTATIONAL RESPONSES OF DAIRY COWS FED A GRASS SILAGE AND CEREALS DIET

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Abstract:

To investigate the milk production limiting potential of a diet based on grass silage (40%), hay (15%), dried sugar beet pulp (13%) and grain compound mixture (32%), 28 multiparous cows in early lactation were randomly assigned to two treatment groups: a control group and a group receiving supplementary rumen protected methionine (RPMet) treatment (12 g intestinally available methionine/ cow/day, given 1–120 days postpartum; Smartamine™; RPAN’s technology). The diet was formulated to meet the requirements for protein and net energy. RPMet supplementation had no significant effect on DMI (kg/cow/day), milk dry mass, milk lactose and milk urea contents. Responses for mean daily milk yield, mean milk fat and milk protein yields were significantly higher (P < 0.05) in cows sup-plied with RPMet than in controls. Mean daily milk yield, milk protein and milk fat yields increased by 2.4 kg, 108 g and 124 g, respectively. The mean daily milk protein and casein contents were increased by 1.8 g and 0.9 g and milk fat content by 1.2 g in 1 kg of milk, respectively. The results suggest that in cows fed grass silage and a grain compound mixture milk production is limited by methionine in-sufficiency, but milk production performance can be increased significantly by the addition of RPMet to the diet.

Keywords: dairy cow; early lactation; milk fat; milk protein; milk yield; rumen protected methionine

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 21, 1999

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