Low Protein Forage Research

Protein frequently is the most limiting nutrient for cattle wintered on poor to moderate quality harvested forages, as well as for mature cows and growing cattle grazing dormant grass pastures and crop residues. Ample amounts of protein are required for cattle to efficiently harvest energy from forage-based feeds. This protein is needed to support a healthy, active population of fiber-digesting microorganisms in the stomach. Consequently, when dietary protein is limiting, fiber digestion is not optimal. Poor digestion results in inefficient energy use, and often decreases feed intake too. The combined effect of these factors is a significant decrease in overall energy balance for the animal. This can limit growth rate of young animals or lead to poor body condition scores in reproducing cows and heifers.

Research Trial:

Effect of FlaxLic with Alpha-linolenic Acid on Bull Performance

Poor sperm motility and presence of abnormalities in sperm morphology are two of the most common causes of poor fertility in males. Fatty Acids are an essential component of sperm. FlaxLic is a high-density, low-moisture block that resists heat and humidity and is manufactured by New Generation Supplements. Research conducted by Kansas State University suggest that the omega-3 fats provided in FlaxLic can lead to improvements in semen quality, bull fertility (figure 4 & 5) PLUS improved daily gain on less total feed resulting in a significant improvement in feed conversion. Flaxseed is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and has been shown to increase tissue concentrations of both alpha-linolenic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, which are involved in synthesis of important reproductive hormones.