Maize for more energy

8 October 2014

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It is time to start preparing your cows for joining for next season. Leading up to joining, cows are under enormous pressure of maintaining milk production, keeping in good health and getting ready for joining again. In addition, cows are also faced with unfavorable climatic conditions. All these require a lot of nutrients, most especially energy. It is therefore important that cows’ diet during this period is able to provide adequate energy while preventing or minimizing any health problems.

One of the grains that can boost energy of dairy cows is maize. It contains high level of starch, which can improve energy supply to maintain production and improve fertility in dairy cows.

Firstly, starch content in maize is comparable to that of wheat but maize starch is safer because it is slowly fermented in the rumen, minimizing acidosis risk. This is more important in winter/spring when effective fiber in cow’s diet is low, increasing the risk of acidosis and displaced abomasum.

Secondly a high portion of maize starch will not ferment in the rumen but will digest into glucose in the lower gut. Glucose is a highly efficient energy source and will increase the total energy available to the cow. Glucose is also a preferred energy source for reproductive activities such as follicle production and estrus cycling (heat).

Feeding a diet containing maize will help to lift the energy status of your cows and increase their chance of getting in-calf while maintaining healthy rumen and milk production.

For more information about Maize and CopRice AusMaizing pellet, speak to our friendly sales and nutrition staff. Free call 1800 267 742.