Summary and Implications
Dry matter intake, milk production, and milk production efficiency were evaluated in 84 Holstein dairy cows fed either a control diet or a control diet plus the direct-fed microbial Bovamine. Neither milk nor ECM production were affected by feeding Bovamine. Feeding Bovamine, however, decreased DMI by 3.59%, resulting in an improvement in milk production efficiency and ECM production efficiency of 6.1% and 5.3%, respectively. Inclusion of Bovamine in dairy cattle diets should be considered to increase milk production efficiency.
Iowa State University
O'Neil, Mathew R.; Osman, Mohamed; Testroet, Eric D.; Kreikemeier, Wanda; Ware, Douglas; and Beitz, Donald C.
"Direct-Fed Microbials Decreases Dry Matter Intake and Increases Feed Efficiency When Fed to Lactating Holstein Dairy Cows,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 660, ASL R2877.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol660/iss1/42