Supplementary feeding mixtures for high producing dairy cows


Seven reasons for feeding these mixtures:

  1. Crude protein resources are limited – haylage, soybean and canola extracted meals. We can add other materials to crude protein resources. Due to difficult access to them it is better when they are mixed by someone who has access to them in large amount and by cheaper prices. MILKSTART®, HEPAFID, PROFID and ENERGYFID contain such materials (corn draff, germs, gluten, dried yeast, etc.).
  2. The rumen doesn’t always work completely, production of bacterial nitrogen is lower (and thus the desired amino acid composition). That’s why we should add amino acids to complete the spectrum, especially the sulphur-containing amino acids. In addition to the above sources, protected methionine is also used.
  3. Crude protein is mostly degraded in the rumen. We can increase the portion of non-degradable, but digestible form of crude protein and thus amino acids (by-pass, UDP). This way we bypass worse functioning rumen and we get the protein into the intestine and amino acids into metabolism without their undesirable transformation. This is allowed by carefully heat treated materials, including heat treated soy and linseed.
  4. The liver of dairy cows at the time of the calving and subsequent high lactation are always burdened. Let’s use hepatoprotective substances, beside sulphur-containing amino acids it is protected choline or Silybum marianum (or “milk thistle”).
  5. One of the sources of for life essential glucose are amino acids derived from own tissues. Let’s go towards cow and her metabolism by delivering simple and digestible sources. The addition of pectine is original solution.
  6. Alkaline pH of the rumen limits the absorption of magnesium. Let’s restrict Mg sources with buffer effect and add a high quality magnesium source in the form of magnesium phosphate.
  7. If there is need to use microelements in organic form, dry period and close-up period are optimal for the creation of reserves. In the first half of lactation their feeding is appropriate because of cow’s physiological needs and security factor. MILKSTART® contains a significant portion of micronutrients (Zn, Mn, Cu, Se, Co) in their organic form.

How to feed Milkstart®

Before calving it is desirable to add 1kg of MILKSTART®, after calving 1 – 2kg per head per day. According to the analysis of roughages, TMR after calving can be supplemented with soluble nitrogen.

How to feed Hepafid

Before calving: 0.3 – 0.75kg per head per day
After calving: 0.5 – 1kg per head per day

How to feed Profid

Before calving: 0.5 – 1kg per head per day
After calving: 1 – 2kg per head per day

How to feed Energyfid

After calving and through lactation it is desirable to add 0.5kg of ENERGYFID per head per day.