POET® Distillers Grains’ unique nutrient profile makes it a perfect ingredient for dairy cattle formulations. The following list includes a few key features that provide value to both dairy producers and nutritionists.
Feeding greater amounts of fat in the diet of lactating dairy cattle—specifically unsaturated fat like that in corn oil—can result in cows producing less fat in the milk, called milk fat depression.
Because of the BPX process that POET uses to produce bioethanol and distillers grains, POET can extract more oil than other bioethanol producers. The lower fat in DDGS provides a significant advantage over other non-POET DDGS for dairy cattle.
POET’s BPX process minimizes the amount of heat during bioethanol and DDGS production. This reduces the negative effects of the Maillard reaction which can bind some of the protein and fiber.
Greater digestibility means the animal can capture and use more of the nutrients in POET Distillers Grains compared with non-POET DDGS. This results in greater energy and value for the animal.
Biohydrogenation Pathways of Trans-Fatty Acid
Biohydrogenation Pathways of Trans-Fatty Acid Intermediate Production Linked to Milk fat Depression (Adapted from LOCK, 2009) Linoleic acid (cis-9, cis-12 C18:2)
Dairy cows require fiber in their diet to maintain optimal performance and good rumen health. Too little fiber can cause cows to develop conditions like acidosis or sub-acute ruminal acidosis (SARA).
Research has demonstrated that POET Distillers Grains can effectively replace alfalfa hay in lactating dairy cow diets. This provides flexibility in formulation and potential cost savings when forages become scarce or over-priced.
Forage Replacement – UNL Research
Producers and nutritionists need to consider costs and look at metrics like income over feed costs to determine the best strategies for ingredient purchases.
POET Distiller Grains provide a great source of both protein and energy. We can use software programs like Sesame and AMTS to demonstrate the POET Distillers Grains provide significant value when factoring in the complete nutrient profile.
- Lock, A.L. (2019, April 23). Milk fat depression involves many factors. Pioneer Seeds. Retrieved September 21, 2021, from https://www.pioneer.com/us/agronomy/milkfat-depression.html.
*These results are not a guarantee of nutritional value, as laboratory results are influenced by factors beyond the control of POET Nutrition.