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Importance of Starch in the Diet Farming Note

With the metabolic strain high-yielding dairy cows are often under, it is very important to ensure they have adequate energy in the diet. Starch is a rich source of glucose for the cow and a key component to include when formulating a ration.

This Farming Note covers:

  • What is starch?
  • Digestion by the ruminant
  • Composition and yield of milk
  • Starch and fertility
  • Feeding high starch feeds
  • A crib sheet containing the typical analyses of high starch feeds

Issued August 2011.

About Kingshay Farming Notes

Since 1991 Kingshay has been publishing Farming Notes on issues critical to the success of a modern dairy farm business. These briefings provide dairy farmers, large animal vets, farm consultants and other interested parties with the most important and timely information in a concise two-page format. The information contained in our Farming Notes is written and updated by our experts to ensure accuracy and save you time.

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