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Increased interest in lactose in milk

thu, 12 sep 2013
After water, lactose is the biggest component of milk, but unlike protein and fat, until recently the milk processing industry has not been particularly interested in it. However, this seems to be changing, since FrieslandCampina expressed its intention to put a value on lactose in milk in 2014. In this plan, a negative basic price is no longer calculated for the quantity of milk, but a ratio in the payment of 10:5: 1 for protein: fat: lactose is used. Interesting to see what the dairy farmer can accomplish with this.

It is notable that the lactose content in cow’s milk is relatively stable, varying between 4.40% and 4.70%. The influence of feed on the lactose content is low, while the total lactose production – and with that the milk production – can be controlled by the ration. The production of lactose, and with that the milk production, is stimulated by a good supply of glucogenic nutrients, resistant starch in particular and a thorough formation of propionate in the gut. Sufficient supply of glucogenic nutrients is achieved through a balanced ration. The supply can be supported further by additives like biotin and niacin, etc. Biotin plays an important role in the glucose, fat and protein synthesis. The addition of biotin on the one hand increases the production of propionate in the gut and on the other hand the use or conversion of propionate into glucose and then into lactose. Various studies show that a correct addition of biotin delivers a 1 to 2 kg increase in milk production daily. Niacin also plays an important role in the metabolism. The bacteria in a cow’s gut normally produce enough niacin. However, with high producing dairy cows that are given an intensive ration, extra niacin can improve the metabolism and increase the milk production. Mervit TOP-PRODUCTION and Mervit HEALTH contain the right amount of biotin and niacin to stimulate milk production. Since the energy metabolism of the cow is supported, high producing animals will also have fewer problems with a negative energy balance. Mervit TOP-PRODUCTION and Mervit HEALTH therefore contribute to achieving a good milk production with healthy animals. If you would like to have more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.