Feed efficiency gains translate into greater milk value

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The latest research shows that feeding a slow-release rumen conditioner in addition to a live yeast can improve feed efficiency even more than using the yeast alone.

Conducted at Schothorst Feed Research (SFR) in the Netherlands, the study demonstrated clear gains in the efficiency with which feed is converted into milk, as well as potentially lifting both butterfat production and milk value.

Whether used to get more out of the same feeds – by increasing milk output and income – or to produce the same output from less feed, the net result should be an increase in income over feed costs (IOFC).fats is still justified to avoid overloading the rumen, even at current milk prices.

“…the net result should be an increase in income over feed costs…”

Key facts & figures:

  • Efficiency gain when adding slow-release rumen conditioner to live yeast

  • Vistacell 4% compared to Vistacell AB (Vistacell + Acid Buf)

  • Yeast alone improved DMI 1 for more milk and butterfat

  • Combination improved production for no increase in DMI 1

  • Greater rumen efficiency increased production of beneficial VFA2

  • FCE 3 improved 3% and milk fat up 0.35% compared to using yeast alone

1 Dry matter intake
2 Volatile fatty acids
3 Feed conversion efficiency

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