Under practical situations it is difficult to formulate to the optimal % of metabolizable Lysine (LYS) and metabolizable methionine (MET) as recommended by Whitehouse et al. (2009). In practice, the levels than can be achieved are closer to 97% of the optimal. The table below gives the practical target formulation levels for LYS and MET for each model.
*97 % of Optimal
There are additional benefits when diets are balanced to optimize milk protein. When LYS and MET are provided in optimal balance, we also improve the efficiency nitrogen utilization. In fact, by concentrating the levels of LYS and MET in metabolizable protein (MP), total MP and crude protein can be reduced. It is not only good for the cow; It is also good for the environment. In the next Tech Note, I will discuss new parameters that can be monitored to track and improve nitrogen utilization.