Two months later, with a slight increase in the C18:1T, butterfat started to drop again, but milk production went to new highs. With a new reduction of the rumen unsaturated fatty acids in the rations, butterfat came back up again.
The limited research available shows that even a very small amount of the wrong biohydrogenation intermediates can have a huge impact on the ruminal fermentation and alter butterfat in a big way!
Since it is a fairly new way to look at butterfat problems, Zaugg says he is thankful for the help and guidance of Bill Sanchez. It proves, once again, that regardless of how many years of experience and success in the dairy nutrition field, one can never stop to learn new things and improve on what we know already. It proves, as well, how important it is to have meaningful research done by dedicated scientists!