Ishaya U. Gadzama & Fernando Diaz
Dairy cows require glucose during lactation for milk synthesis and maintenance of body tissues. Ruminal degradation of soluble sugars and starches into volatile fatty acids limits the amount of glucose that can be absorbed in the small intestine. This may limit milk synthesis and reproductive performance during the lactation.
Post-ruminal supply of glucose has been proposed as a dietary strategy to improve cow’s productive performance and health status. A study conducted at the Experimental Dairy Farm of the Hunan Institute of Animal and Veterinary Science, Changsha, China investigated the effects of feeding rumen-protected glucose (RPG) on the performance of transition cows.