An energy boosting feed product, which has been proven to improve milk production, has been launched by Cargill Animal Nutrition.
Turbopro is a blend of rumen protected B vitamins and palatability enhancers and, in trails, it has been shown to boost milk production by 1.8kg per day in early lactation and by 1.2kg per day in mid lactation.
Added to minerals or in feed, the product is recommended for high-yielding cows producing more than 29 litres of milk per day in early- or mid-lactation. And its main function is to support glucose production in the liver.
“Propionate is a fatty acid produced in the rumen that, in the liver, is synthesised into glucose,” says the company’s Philip Ingram.
“We know that 85% of gluconeogenesis occurs in the liver, and that glucose is the main energy source used in milk production.
“So if the efficiency of this process is improved then there will be more energy made available for milk production.”
Trials involving more than 1,000 dairy cows showed improvements in milk production where the product was added to diets of milking cows from early lactation. Results also saw an improvement of 1.2kg per day of milk in mid-lactation and did not significantly affect fat or protein production.
The blend has been shown to provide a return on investment of 5:1, based on a milk price of 25ppl, or 6:1, based on a milk price of 30ppl.