Balancing Carbohydrate Sources for Dairy Cows during a Period of High Corn Prices

  title={Balancing Carbohydrate Sources for Dairy Cows during a Period of High Corn Prices},
  author={Matthew S Akins and Luiz Felipe Ferraretto and Shane Fredin and Randy Shaver},
 Carbohydrates, NDF and NFC, comprise about 70% of DM in diets for lactating cows.  While diets containing 21% forage-NDF are common, depending on forage availability, price and quality, diets can be found within a normal range of 16% 24% forage-NDF (DM basis).  Maximum NFC guidelines are positively related to forage-NDF content in diets for lactating cows.  Starch is the major component of the NFC fraction; ruminal and (or) total-tract digestibility of starch varies depending largely on… CONTINUE READING


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