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Milking for Components

by | Dec 16, 2019 | Technical Topics

KEY TAKEAWAYS IN THIS ISSUE OF TECHNICAL TOPICS:

  • Higher butterfat and protein production will bulk up your milk check.
  • Feed for higher butterfat by maintaining a consistent rumen environment that does not cause drops in rumen pH.
  • Increase milk protein production through crude protein and amino acid balancing.
  • Watch for seasonal butterfat and protein decreases in the summer and increases in the winter and adjust your ration accordingly.
  • Monitor trends in federal milk order component pricing to determine if you should be aiming for more butterfat or more milk protein production to boost your milk check.