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
The goal of every dairy ration is to provide the nutrients needed by the cow at the best possible cost.Read More