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Acta Scientiarum. Animal Sciences

Print version ISSN 1806-2636On-line version ISSN 1807-8672


SOUZA JUNIOR, Alcy Heleno de et al. Protected fat and variable level of protein in diets of crossbreed cows in early lactation. Acta Sci., Anim. Sci. [online]. 2016, vol.38, n.1, pp.107-112. ISSN 1806-2636.

Current study evaluated the inclusion of protected fat and different levels of crude protein (CP) in the diet of crossbreed cows in early lactation. Twelve cows were distributed in a 4 x 4 factorial design, with four treatments (12 or 16% CP, with or without MEGALAC-E(r)). Statistical analyzes with ANOVA and Pearson's linear correlation procedures were performed. Protected fat did not affect intake of dry matter (DM) and organic matter (OM) (p > 0.05). Increased CP raised consumption of CP and EE and decreased the non-fiber carbohydrates (NFC; p <0.05). Protected fat increased (p <0.05) the digestibility of DM, OM, CP and ashes in the lower protein content. CP increase raised the level of blood and urinary urea (p < 0.05). There was no difference (p > 0.05) on milk yield and composition due to protected fat or CP rates. Since the inclusion of protected fat and higher content of CP (16%) in the diet did not benefit the production and composition of milk in crossbreed cows, diets with 12% CP without the inclusion of protected fat are recommended.

Keywords : concentrate; dietary protein; digestibility; intake; lipid supplementation; milk yield.

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