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Effects of Fish Meal Protein Supplementation on Milk Yield and Composition and Blood Constituents of Dairy Cows1

Authors
Journal
Journal of Dairy Science
0022-0302
Publisher
American Dairy Science Association
Volume
73
Issue
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3168/jds.s0022-0302(90)79013-3
Keywords
  • Nutrition
  • Feeding
  • And Calves
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract Ten Holstein and 10 Ayrshire cows were fed diets containing undegradable intake protein from either fish meal or corn gluten meal. Cows were introduced to diets 10 d before projected calving date and individually fed blended rations until 60 d postpartum. Diets were balanced for NE1, CP, and degradable and undegradable protein. Source of undegradable protein did not affect total or FCM yields, DM intake, or milk protein percentage. Cows on fish meal diets tended to lose less BW than those on the corn gluten meal supplement (5.3 vs. 10.3% loss of initial BW). Fish meal supplementation resulted in decreased milk fat and SNF percentage (3.2 vs. 4.2% and 8.37 vs. 8.65%, respectively), but diet did not affect total milk fat, protein, or SNF yield. Plasma nonesterified fatty acids decreased and serum insulin increased with increasing weeks postpartum but were not affected by diet. In this study, no significant advantage was found to using fish meal as a source of undegradable intake protein and feed cost was higher when it was used.

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