Article published the November 22, 2012
INTRODUCTIONDiets that are rich in concentrates and poor in forage have long been known to depress milk fat content in dairy cows. These reductions in milk fat content, which can reach 50% with little or no change in the yields of milk, milk protein, or lactose, are referred to as milk fat depression (MFD). Several theories have been put forward to explain the causes of MFD (reviewed in Bauman and ...
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Article published the November 22, 2012
Implications Fluctuations in the milk fat market are driving demands from farmers for ways to control milk fat production and composition in dairy cows. The current models used to estimate dairy cow requirements and formulate diets cannot predict changes in milk fat. These models are based on energy and protein intake and do not consider the pattern of individual nutrients derived from digestion. ...
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