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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New research supports use of canola meal over soybean meal in dairy cow diets. The research team of Dr. Glen Broderick at Broderick Nutrition and Research, Dr. Antonio Faciola at the University of Nevada and Dr. Louis Armentano of the University of Wisconsin demonstrated that canola meal can replace soybean meal and improve the productivity of dairy cows. This research has recently been published in the Journal of Dairy Science.Read More