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The profile of Dakota Gold fits naturally with that of a lactating dairy cow. Low fat, high digestibility fiber and protein are the perfect blend for optimized milk production. Learn more about Dakota Gold characteristics.

DDGS and Milk Fat Depression - Perception or Reality?

This webinar features Dr. Hugo Ramirez from Iowa State University. who provides key insights on management and formulation strategies to effectively feed DDGS without affecting milk fat production. Mr. Dave Peschong from POET also presents a market update on factors affecting DDGS pricing and availability.

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Wrinkle: Can Dakota Gold Replace Alfalfa Hay?

Most dairy producers know that when they feed Dakota Gold or other non-POET DDGS, they can replace ingredients like soybean meal and corn. However, very few producers realize that they can also replace a portion of the fiber coming from other sources. Fiber (as measured by NDF) comprises approximately 1/3 of the nutrients in DDGS. Furthermore, this fiber represents an extremely digestible source which provides additional energy to the dairy cow.

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Wrinkle: Research Challenges the Perception of DDGS & Milk Fat Depression

Feeding ingredients that contain greater amounts of unsaturated fat tend to increase the chance of milk-fat depression in lactating dairy cows. Unfortunately, many producers saw this effect when they first started feeding DDGS prior to the ethanol industry's movement towards oil extraction. As a result, many producers and nutritionists still perceive that DDGS causes cows to produce less milk fat. However, a summary of peer-reviewed data challenges this perception.

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