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Understanding Supplemental Fatty Acids

Not all fats are created equally.

Ian Sawyer, Ruminant Technical Services, Feedworks Australia and adjunct fellow at the School of Agricultural and Veterinary Science at University of Melbourne.

Asking suppliers for the fatty acid profile of rumen protected fat is recommended. A focus on metabolisable energy content alone does not provide sufficient information in making feeding decisions.

Different fatty acids drive different processes:

  • C16:0 generally drives milk production (butter fat)
  • C18:1 generally drive body condition gain

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