Lysine is critically important for supporting maximum production in dairy cows. Lysine is an essential amino acid and must be supplemented into a cow's diet when typical diets cannot meet her requirements.
When optimal lysine levels are fed, producers can:
- Feed diets lower in crude protein
- Achieve more efficient production of milk and milk components
- Reduce the overall nitrogen excretion from their cows into the environment
Lysine Deficient Diets
Many diets are lysine deficient, especially those that are corn based. It is not possible to provide enough lysine with corn and soybean meal. A nutritionist's goal is to match up the protein source with the cow's lysine requirement.
How Much Is Really Needed?
In 2001, the National Research Council (NRC) conducted a meta analysis and determined the break point for metabolizable (MP) lysine is 7.2%. MP lysine is the amount of lysine passing through the rumen in a form that is available for absorption in the small intestine. This level of MP lysine:
- Supports maximum milk production
- Optimizes milk component levels
- Creates potential for palatability issues when animal-based bypass protein sources such as blood meal and fish meal are fed to meet this level
Why Rumen Protected Lysine?
Rumen protected lysine is a more attractive option than a by-product or commodity because of quality and consistency. Variations in blood meal impact the amount of metabolizable lysine (MP lysine) available to the animal.
Meeting MP Lysine Requirements
Computer software cannot account for feedstuff variability. A half pound of blood meal should provide 20 grams MP lysine, but does it? Average-quality blood meal provides 10 grams less MP lysine than good-quality blood meal.
Only The Lab Can Tell
Test results of blood meal samples from 12 different suppliers showed there was no visual difference between samples. The total lysine (in grams) is fairly consistent across samples.
The variability occurs when you look at MP lysine, which is the amount that actually gets absorbed by the cow.
- Blood meal contains similar amounts of total lysine
- MP lysine values differ between blood meal sources
- Color is not an indication of quality
- Unable to forecast the amount of MP lysine fed
Why Is Blood Meal So Variable?
Blood meal dried too aggressively prompts a Maillard reaction, which binds lysine.
Innovation in amino acid nutrition is changing how cows are fed, improving production and performance. What's changed? Research shows achieving optimal production requires more than rumen bypass. Lysine has little impact on a cow's production if the lysine is not actually absorbed from her small intestine.
LysiPEARL, with its higher levels of metabolizable protein (MP lysine), promotes an efficient use of amino acids because the lysine is more intestinally available to the cow.
One product delivers on rumen bypass and bioavailability; it's also the most cost-effective MP lysine on the market, LysiPEARL. Created with a proprietary spray freezing process, LysiPEARL maximizes production, and profitability.
- More bioavailability can result in more milk
- LysiPEARL is developed for maximum bioavailability
- To produce more milk, more lysine must be absorbed
Efficacy Proven In All Stages
LysiPEARL technology is supported by data-driven research using sophisticated models that are validated in a three-step process.
More Lysine, More Milk
Kemin field studies show that 10 grams of metabolizable lysine can increase milk production by more than 3 pounds per cow, per day. Click the highlighted state to learn how metabolizable lysine (MP lysine) impacts energy corrected milk.
Commitment to Quality and Food Safety
Since earning the prestigious Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition at its Des Moines, Iowa, manufacturing facility in February 2013, Kemin Industries remains a leader in the production of safe, quality ingredients. The recognition reinforced the company’s investment in human and financial capital to enhance existing conditions and processes, verifying its products are safe, efficient and effective until they reach the end consumer. Kemin has the FSSC 22000:2013 certification, recognized by GFSI, which is accepted by food manufacturers worldwide.
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Through TOTAL NUTRITION™, Kemin offers a range of nutritional solutions for raising healthy animals. Kemin understands our customers want to raise healthy livestock and poultry giving consumers the nutritional and health benefits they are looking for, while also returning a profit. Kemin offers products and services to help achieve safe, healthy and efficient solutions for today’s competitive marketplace.