Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition will be sharing some exciting new research at the 2014 American Dairy Science Association Annual Meeting, July 20 – 24, in Kansas City, Missouri. Of particular interest are several studies, and their short summaries, listed below. Click on the abstract number to access more information; once on the page, scroll to the desired abstract.

We encourage you to attend these presentations to learn more about the research. Stop by our booth (#520) during the conference if you’d like to discuss this research further or if you have questions about the Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition product portfolio.

Impact of DCAD on dairy cow feed intake, milk production, rumination and feed efficiency: This University of Maryland meta-analysis looked at data from 1965 through 2011 to determine if there is a linear response to DCAD over a wide range of studies. Results showed that for each 10-point increase in DCAD, there is a good likelihood of increasing milk fat percentage and total production, rumen pH, NDF digestibility and fat-corrected milk.

Effect of dietary fat source on milk production and milk composition in early lactation: This study from Washington State University found that milk production and milk fat production was similar for the two supplemental dietary fat sources examined—MEGALAC® and a fatty acid prill that was high in palmitic acid (C16:0). The results suggest that cows at different stages of lactation use individual fatty acids differently; the recommendation is to be sure to feed MEGALAC in early lactation.

Using potassium carbonate to increase dietary DCAD and improve dairy feed efficiency: This University of Maryland study set out to determine the optimal dietary DCAD level needed to maximize feed efficiency. Results show that increasing DCAD from +25 to +40 meq/100g DM resulted in linear increases in fat-corrected milk. Results also indicated that individual cows at about 100 days in milk or later and producing about 85 pounds of milk would likely optimize their feed efficiency with a DCAD between +30 to +40 meq/100g.

Effect of precalving dietary DCAD on milk production: A meta-analysis: Researchers in Australia and the United States explored the milk production impact of feeding a negative DCAD diet for 21 days prepartum. The results were significant and showed that cows fed a negative DCAD diet during this time frame produced 2.5 pounds per day more fat-corrected milk for at least the first 65 days in milk, equating to a minimum of 163.5 pounds more milk per lactation.

We hope to see you at the 2014 ADSA Annual Meeting and look forward to sharing this new and exciting research! Contact your representative or visit ARM & HAMMER™ at booth #520 if you have any questions. And be sure to visit for more information about our product portfolio solutions and transition cow resources.