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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.

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.