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
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