New Protected Protein Boosts Cow Performance

Dairy farmers faced with rising protein prices can improve protein nutrition and reduce costs by using NWF Ultra Pro-R, a new protected protein product in place of soya.

"High yielding dairy cows need the correct balance of protein in the diet if they are going to perform to their potential. Variable quality forages this season will make providing the optimum supply of protein cost-effectively a challenge," explains NWF Technical Manager Tom Hough.

High performing cows require a supply of rumen undegraded or by-pass protein (DUP) to make up for shortfalls in rumen microbial protein. An efficient rumen will produce around 75% of a typical cow's requirement for protein with the balance being supplied by DUP. As yield increases so the DUP requirement grows.

The commonest DUP source in most diets is soya, but with prices significantly higher than last year, many farmers will be looking for an alternative but need to ensure the correct balance of protein is fed.

"One solution is to use a protected protein such as NWF Ultra Pro-R. Protected proteins pass through the rumen and are more readily available to the cow. Adding a protected protein to address the shortage of by-pass protein is similar to addressing the energy gap in high yielding diets by supplementing them with a protected energy source," explains Mr Hough.

Manufactured at NWF's FEMAS approved production facility, NWF Ultra Pro-R is treated in a way which protects the protein allowing it to pass through the rumen largely undegraded. The treatment method used has been shown to be the most effective way to prevent rumen protein degradation and means NWF Ultra Pro-R is very cost effective per unit of DUP when compared to protected protein products produced in other ways.

Ultra Pro-R is 75% DUP compared to untreated rapemeal at 30% and untreated soya bean meal at 38%. It can be added to compound feeds, to blends or to a TMR diet. It can be used strategically to increase the DUP content of the total diet or to replace existing sources of DUP such as soya.

"Using protected proteins is an effective way to achieve the balanced diet needed by today's high performing cows and, as they are a more efficient source of effective protein, they can create space in the diet for other products such as yeasts, buffers and fats which can further improve cow performance," Mr Hough concludes.

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