Dairy Cow Challenges



Protein Supply

Microbial protein is the most efficient source of protein for cows as its amino acid profile is very similar to that of milk. Rumen microbes require a steady supply of non-protein nitrogen (NPN), as well as amino acids and an energy source, to produce microbial protein, which is then directly available to the cow. However, excess NPN can result in raised blood urea levels and reduced fertility and production, so it is important to ensure an optimal, but consistent supply throughout the day. Subsequently, feed ingredients that optimize amino acid and microbial protein supply should be included in the ration. Optimizing rumen function can help maximise cow health, fertility and performance.

Dairy Cow Challenges