Total starch is a common measurement used when discussing dairy cow rations, but total starch levels only tell part of the story. It’s important to take a deeper dive into starch values, since cows respond directly to rumen degradable starch, which is different from total starch values.
Focusing on only the total starch content when evaluating feedstuffs in a cow’s diet will not provide all of the insights needed to understand how much starch will be available to the rumen microbes
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