We know that protein is critical to keeping dairy cows healthy and producing milk. Everyone knows to check ration protein levels as a possible culprit when milk production goes down. But what if we were checking the wrong type of protein?Read More
What is MUN?
Most milk tests report milk urea nitrogen (MUN) levels, and these values can provide significant insight into how dairy cows are using ration protein. MUN is a natural occurrence in cows, and is caused by protein consumption. When cows ingest protein, it is either broken down in the rumen to become available to rumen microbes or escapes to be an available supply of protein and amino acids to the cow for milk production.
Component pricing for milk is the norm in much of the United States and in Canada, meaning dairy producers receive payment for their milk based on the total weights of fat, protein and solids in the milk.Read More
When choosing protein feed ingredients, it is important to keep the big picture in mind. While the cost of the ingredient may play a large role in ingredient selection, ultimately, it’s the value from that ingredient that should be the deciding factor. The most important way of measuring value when it comes to feed ingredients? Milk production efficiency — a balance between cost-effectiveness and milk production response.Read More