Figure 1 demonstrates the effects of supplementing chromium on milk production. Seventeen published articles between 2000 and 2015 from refereed journals focusing on dairy cows were used to generate the figure. The graph depicts the milk yield response to chromium supplementation within a university-controlled study in comparison to the control (i.e. non-chromium supplemented cows). This summary includes different chromium sources fed at different levels and is not limited to KemTRACE® Chromium.
Figure 1. Effect of chromium supplementation in lactating dairy cow diets on response to daily milk yield, lbs/h/d1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17
A statistical weighted average of the refereed journal publications shown in Figure 1 was calculated. The weighted average response in daily milk yield calculated out at 3.55 lbs/head/day. Table 1 shows a sensitivity analysis based on differing milk prices ranging from $11/hundredweight (cwt) to $16.50/cwt assuming cows achieve anywhere from 10% to 100% of the weighted average milk response.
Table 1. KemTRACE® Chromium price sensitivity analysis
*Average cost of KemTRACE Chromium supplementation = $0.05/head/day
The research with chromium in dairy cattle since the turn of the century has shown chromium supplementation is beneficial for improving milk yield in transition cows, maintaining milk yield in heat-stressed cows and enhancing reproductive performance in dairy cows.
A field trial was conducted at a dairy in the Central Valley region of California. Approximately 500 cows in second or greater lactation in the high producing group (60-120 DIM) were used. The objective was to determine if chromium propionate had a benefit to dairy cows in early to peak lactation.
Forty-eight Holsteins entering second or greater lactation were used to determine milk production, DMI and metabolic responses to chromium propionate supplementation through the periparturient period and starch source in postpartum.
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