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Effect of replacing soyabean meal with maize distillers grains on feed intake and milk yield of lactating dairy cows

  • R. H. Phipps (a1), J. D. Sutton (a1), A. K. Jones (a1), J. G. Perrott (a2) and M. Witt (a2)...

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Maize distillers grains (MDG) is a high quality by-product feed containing 317 g crude protein (CP)/kg DM and 13.5 MJ metabolisable energy/kg DM, and as such is a valuable traceable feed resource. An earlier study conducted at the Centre for Dairy Research (Sutton et al. 2000) with cows in late lactation using a total mixed ration (TMR) based on maize silage, compared the protein value of MDG with that of soyabean meal (SB). The study showed that MDG could be used to replace SB on a total nitrogen (TN) basis without effecting feed intake or nutrient digestion in the rumen, or flow of non-ammonia nitrogen to the duodenum. The aim of the current study was to determine the effect of replacing SB with MDG on a TN basis, on DM intake and milk production in high yielding lactating dairy cows.

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Sutton, J. D., Humphries, D. J. and Witt, M. 2000. Replacement of soyabean meal by maize distillers grains for lactating dairy cows. Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science, 92.

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