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Amino acids increase milk yield in dairy cows

Providing sufficient amino acids in dairy cow diets should be the focus rather than crude protein content, this is according to Ken March, ruminant advisor with Countrywide.

March said this approach, widely used in the USA, had only been applied to a small extent in the UK but for him it was the ‘only way to feed dairy cows’.

“Getting more amino acids into the cow can increase milk yield, fertility, milk proteins and animal health”, said Mr March.

“Studies have already shown milk protein content and yield can be increased by improving the profile of amino acids and removing protein from the diet.

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