Many producers perceive that feeding DDGS to lactating dairy cows will increase the amount of unsaturated fatty acids in the diet and eventually result in milk fat depression. As a result, they limit the amount of DDGS in the diet even though including greater amounts could reduce feed costs. Fortunately, ethanol biorefineries continue to improve oil extraction techniques which results in DDGS with less fat. This evolution in the ethanol industry creates opportunities for dairy producers to include greater concentrations of DDGS in dairy diets without risking milk fat depression. However, the industry still needs to learn more about this relationship between DDGS and milk fat depression in order to gain confidence in this strategy.
Key Learning Points:
- Mode of action(s) of milk fat depression
- Industry perceived relationship of DDGS to milk fat depression
- Dietary strategies for feeding DDGS without affecting milk fat production
- Value of feeding DDGS and feed cost savings
- “The POET Guarantee” - How POET ensures customers with a consistent product
- Market update and trends for DDGS
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