Road Map–Palmitic:Oleic Next Steps

Balance is Key

Recent research from Michigan State suggests that feeding a more balanced approach (60:30 palmitic versus oleic) in early lactation results in:

  • Significant gains in energy-corrected milk (ECM)
  • Increases in dry matter intake (DMI)
  • Reduced body weight loss versus the higher palmitic treatment (80% Palmitic:10% Oleic)
  • Be sure to assess the Palmitic:Oleic balance in the whole diet, as these fatty acids come from other feeds besides your fat supplement