Once care has been taken to maintain proper total fat levels, evaluate the source. The different compositions of fat fed impact milk fat. “Our continued use of highly unsaturated byproducts to other animals has the ability to impact the saturation level of the tallow. As a result, the level of saturation of the fat sources at the mill you work with may have changed unbeknownst to you,” notes Baker
Yeasts and molds
Consider the level of yeast and mold that might be in the diet. Lower the amount of feed coming from the affected source; dilute it with other non-affected feedstuffs. Research is ongoing surrounding the negative impact yeast and molds have on milk fat depression.
Take into account feed additives that could help improve milk fat levels.
“There are many pieces that make up the milk fat depression puzzle, and therefore it’s important to be aware of all the components,” says Baker. “Awareness of all these parts and addressing them to some degree simultaneously will allow you to rapidly fix the problem.” She explains that if you address one issue at a time it may take too long to find the cause of the milk fat depression, and as a result the herd will lose money.
“Remember, when formulating rations, it should always be top of mind to feed every cow, exactly what she needs, where she needs it, when she needs it – nothing more and nothing less,” says Baker. This approach will aid dairy farmers in capturing opportunities for improved efficiency and bottom line potential.
For more information, contact your local Purina Animal Nutrition representative or go to: www.lolfeed.com.