Feed Additives for Dairy Cattle

Published on: 09/07/2016
Author/s : Michael F. Hutjens / University of Illinois, Urbana

IntroductionFeeding high-producing cows continues to challenge dairy farmers and nutritionists. Also, dairy profit margins vary as milk prices and feed costs shift yearly. Feed costs represent the largest input cost to produce milk (estimated to be 35 to 50 percent). Feed additives are a group of feed ingredients that can cause a desired animal response in a non-nutrient role, such as pH...

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Olurotimi Ayobami Olafadehan Olurotimi Ayobami Olafadehan
Animal Nutritionist
September 7, 2016
This is an interesting article on feed additives.
waqas ahmad waqas ahmad
MSc Hons Livestock Management
May 3, 2020

A wonderful article for me. I always listen to you at Hoards Dairy man Webinar. Sir, in this article you mention rumen protected Niacin Dose 2-3 gram but RP niacin companies recommending 10-20 gram.

May 3, 2020

waqas ahmad My listed level of rumen protected niacin is based on a California field study evaluating 3 grams vs.7 grams which resulting in lower dry matter intake. One guideline is 1 gram of rumen protected niacin is similar to 7 grams of unprotected niacin. Hope this helps! Mike

May 14, 2020

Sir, can you please share the concentration/percentage of niacin in protected niacin product with which you had carried out the trial? This would help us determine the dose of the products available with us when compared to simple niacin.


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