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The relationship between milk composition and volatile fatty acids in the rumen in cattle

  • T. Yan (a1) and R. E. Agnew (a1)


It is well recognised that the fat and protein concentration in the milk of dairy cows is influenced by volatile fatty acids (VFAs) produced in the rumen. There has however been little information available on models to predict milk composition from rumen VFAs in the literature. The objective of the present study was to develop empirical relationships to predict milk fat and protein concentration using rumen VFA data.



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Raun, N. S. and Burroughs, W. 1962. Suction strainer techniques in obtaining rumen fluid samples from intact lambs. Journal of Animal Science 21:454457.


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