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.
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
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For a dairy ration to be balanced correctly, all amino acid needs must be met. The ability of a cow to grow or to produce milk is determined by the most limiting amino acid. Thus, amino acids that are supplied over the limit are wasted. Supplying the correct amounts, without too many excesses, requires some finesse.Read More