Lactational response of dairy cows to diets containing added fat and added protein.
Thirty-six Holstein cows were assigned to one of three diets containing soybean meal (16% CP), added fat from extruded soybeans (16% CP), and added fat and protein from extruded soybeans plus soybean meal (18% CP) to determine whether feeding additional protein would prevent the depression in milk protein percentages usually experienced when cows are fed additional fat. Total mixed diets containing 25% corn silage, 25% alfalfa hay, and 50% of respective concentrate mixtures were fed individually wk 4 through 16 postpartum; pretreatment (wk 3 postpartum), milk production, and composition data were used as covariates. Milk production (33.0, 35.8, and 34.2 kg/d) was higher for cows fed added fat. Milk protein (2.92, 2.88, and 2.83%) and casein (2.16, 2.13, and 2.09%) tended to decrease for cows fed added fat and did not increase with higher dietary protein. Dry matter intakes (20.9, 20.7, and 19.8 kg/d) and BW were similar for all diets. Supplementing additional CP to a diet containing added fat did not prevent depression in milk protein percentage.
Kim, Y. K., "Lactational response of dairy cows to diets containing added fat and added protein." (1990). Dairy Science Publication Database. 116.