Journal article

Betaine improves milk yield in grazing dairy cows supplemented with concentrates in summer

FR Dunshea, K Oluboyede, K DIGIACOMO, BJ Leury, JJ Cottrell

Animals | MDPI AG | Published : 2019


Betaine is an organic osmolyte sourced from sugar beet that accumulates in plant cells undergoing osmotic stress. Since the accumulation of betaine lowers the energy requirements of animals and, therefore, metabolic heat production, the aim of this experiment was to investigate if betaine supplementation improved milk yield in grazing dairy cows in summer. One hundred and eighteen Friesian X Holstein cows were paired on days in milk and, within each pair, randomly allocated to a containing treatment of either 0 or 2 g/kg natural betaine in their concentrate ration for approximately 3 weeks during February/March 2015 (summer in Australia). The mean maximum February temperature was 30 °C. Cow..

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Awarded by Australian Government, Department of Agriculture

Funding Acknowledgements

Research described here within was partially funded by The Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. "Filling the Research Gap" project 1194374-167.