Reduced starch diets for cows

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Increased corn prices have created much interest in the potential for feeding reduced-starch diets.

University of Wisconsin dairy nutritionists discuss this issue in a recent publication entitled “Balancing Carbohydrate Sources For Dairy Cows During a Period of High Corn Prices.” The paper was authored by Matt Akins, Luiz Ferraretto, Shane Fredin and Randy Shaver, with the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

In the paper, the authors discuss the digestibility of corn grain starch, as well as review research trial results that examine the effect of reduced-starch diets on high-producing cows in mid lactation.

Click here to read the paper, which was presented at the 2012 Southwest Nutrition and Management Conference. And, view the accompanying PDF presentation here.

Source: Dairy Cattle Nutrition UW-Extension

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