Historically, dairy cattle nutrition research and feeding guidelines for carbohydrates have focused mainly on fiber. From this research base, the National Research Council (NRC) has long provided and continually updated the minimum dietary fiber recommendations for maintaining normal milkfat content and rumen function in dairy cattle. Unlike fiber, starch for dairy cattle only has been a hot area of carbohydrate research and field application for about the past decade.
In the September 25, 2016 Hoard’s Dairyman article Revisiting Starch for Dairy Cows, UW-Extension Dairy Nutritionist Randy Shaver and University of Florida Professor Luiz Ferraretto discuss the factors contributing in the rise of starch-related research and how to manage what you have.
For more information regarding the use of starch in dairy cattle diets, please visit UW-Extension Dairy Nutrition.