Responses in urea and true protein of milk to different protein feeding schemes for dairy cows.

Department of Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square 19348, USA.
Journal of Dairy Science (Impact Factor: 2.57). 12/1995; 78(11):2424-34. DOI: 10.3168/jds.S0022-0302(95)76871-0
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ABSTRACT Four multiparous Holstein cows were used in a 4 x 4 Latin square to investigate the effects of protein concentration, degradability, and quality on plasma urea concentration and milk N constituents. Diets varied in the amount and proportion of RDP and RUP relative to NRC requirements: diet 1, excessive RDP, deficient RUP; diets 2 and 3, balanced for RDP and RUP; and diet 4, excessive RDP, balanced for RUP. Diet 3 was formulated for optimal AA balance as predicted by the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System. Diets contained 34% corn silage, 19% alfalfa haylage, and 49% concentrate (DM basis). Concentrates varied in amounts of urea and soybean, corn gluten, and fish and blood meals. Concentrations of urea N and NPN in milk varied among diets: diet 1, 19 and 34 mg/dl; diet 2, 16 and 31 mg/dl; diet 3, 15 and 30 mg/dl; and diet 4, 23 and 39 mg/dl, respectively. Increases in NPN concentration were attributed to increases in the urea fraction of NPN. Intake of RUP and AA balance influenced milk true protein content; diet 1, 2.89%; diet 2, 2.90%; diet 3, 3.01%; and diet 4, 2.95%. the proportions of true protein and urea in milk are influenced by CP concentration, protein type, and protein quality.

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