Tackling excess protein in dairy cows

When grass is plentiful through the spring months, it also means there is ample protein being available in the cow’s diet. Excess protein (in the form of soluble nitrogen in grass) can pose a challenge to cows.

Excess protein is converted to ammonia in the rumen and then into urea by the liver. The urea is then excreted in urine or recycled into the rumen. In some cases this can lead to ammonia toxicity and reduced milk protein composition.

Milk protein is made of up amino acids, and amino acids in conjunction with energy derived from glucose make up milk protein. Too much protein in the diet can impact on milk protein in two ways. Energy can be diverted away from production and used to get rid of the excess protein in the diet. Amino acids can also be converted into glucose to provide energy. These two processes will reduce milk production in dairy cows and can impact on cow body condition.

To minimise the risk of excess protein in your cows’ diet, feed a high energy concentrate like CopRice pellets. CopRice has a range of high energy pellets to assist in making sure that your cows capture the full potential of the readily available protein in lush pastures. It will also help to minimise the risk of loss of body condition in your cows, in the end improving your farm pro tability.

For further information contact one of the friendly CopRice sales staff. Freecall 1800 267 742 or visit www.coprice.com.au