Methionine is a nutritional and functional essential amino acid. Supplementation during the transition phase and at the beginning of lactation improves the health status and performance of high-producing dairy cows.
Thetransition phase is the most critical period in the production cycle of dairycows and is characterized by a challenged immune system. Factors which have aninfluence on this are for example stress due to re-grouping, changes in theration, parturition and the start of lactation. Therefore, most diseases willoccur during this phase and nutrition plays a key role in supporting the immunesystem and ensuring overall health. Applying the right feeding strategy canhelp support optimum immune functioning and the health status of the animal,which will ensure a good start into lactation. During the last few years, thesupplementation of rumen-protected amino acids, especially methionine, has becomemore and more important in transition cow nutrition.
In themajority of high-producing dairy cow rations, methionine is the first limitingamino acid, meaning it determines performance. In addition, methionine plays animportant role in overall metabolism and is responsible for maintaining severalimmune functions.
majority of high-producing dairy cow rations, methionine is the first limiting
amino acid, meaning it determines performance. In addition, methionine plays an
important role in overall metabolism and is responsible for maintaining several