Research Nuggets

Don't overlook fatty acids

Fatty acids are an over-looked nutrient for most classes of livestock, with no requirements listed in the current U.S. requirements for dairy cattle. But new research is shedding the light on just how important fatty acids might be, in particular for calves. FULL STORY »

Effects of prepartum dietary energy intake

An experiment was conducted to determine the effect of prepartum plane of energy intake on metabolic profiles related to lipid metabolism and health in blood and liver. FULL STORY »

Mineral nutrition impacts immunity, SCC

When evaluating nutrition solutions to improve milk quality, research has shown that trace mineral nutrition plays a critical role in skin and mammary health, somatic cell count function and disease resistance (immunity). FULL STORY »

Mineral nutrition impacts immunity, SCC

When evaluating nutrition solutions to improve milk quality, research has shown that trace mineral nutrition plays a critical role in skin and mammary health, somatic cell count (SCC) function and disease resistance (immunity). FULL STORY »

Avoid the 'overnutrition syndrome'

Everyone knows that you shouldn't overfeed dry cows. But new research from the University of Illinois helps to quantify some of the reasons why. FULL STORY »

Replacing corn with glycerol in diets for transition dairy cows

Expansion of the biofuels industry has increased the availability of glycerol as an alternative feed for dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Effect of the provision of a low-nutritive feedstuff

The objective of this study was to examine the behavioral and growth responses of dairy heifers when a low-nutritive feedstuff was provided with (either within or alongside) a limit-fed ration. FULL STORY »

Straw works with a limit-fed ration

If heifers are in a limit-feeding regime, they may benefit from the inclusion of straw alongside their limit-fed ration. FULL STORY »

Glycerol continues to show promise

In an experiment reported in this month's edition of the Journal of Dairy Science, researchers at Purdue University looked at the effects of glycerol, a byproduct of the biofuels industry, on feed intake, milk production, rumen volatile fatty acids and metabolic parameters in transition dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Nutritionists cite their biggest challenges

The most significant challenge facing dairy nutritionists today is convincing clients to maintain feed quality in light of high feed costs. FULL STORY »

Differential supplementation of fatty acids during peripartum

The objectives were to evaluate the effects of differential timing of supplementation of different Ca salts (CS) of fatty acids (FA) on FA profiles of cotyledonary-caruncular tissues, metabolic status, uterine health, pregnancy, pregnancy losses after two artificial inseminations (AI), and milk yield. FULL STORY »

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