Effects of UV-B irradiated vitamin D enrich yeast supplementation on production performance and blood metabolites in dairy cows

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Patipan Hnokaew
Saowaluck Yammuen-art
Bulgul Tipnate


Abstract: The objectives of this study were to investigate the effect of UV-B irradiated vitamin D enrich yeast supplementation with total mixed ration in dairy cow diets on production performance and some blood parameter profiles at different experimental periods. Twenty-seven Holstein-Friesian cows (average age= 4±0.6 years old, 2nd lactation and day in milk > 90 days) were assigned and analyzed completely randomized design (CRD). There were divided into 3 treatment groups (n= 9/groups; 7 days of preliminary and 21 days of collection periods). All of the treatment groups were fed with total mixed ration (TMR) which each group fed with different feed additive were fed only TMR  (without yeast supplemented; CON), TMR with 1.6 g/day Non UV-B irradiation yeast (Non UV-B IY) and TMR with 1.6 g/day UV-B irradiated vitamin D enrich yeast supplementation (200,000 IU/day; UV-B IVDRY). Milk yield was recorded twice per day, milk samples were collected every week for milk composition analysis. This study was found that milk fat and total solid of UV-B IVDRY group at day 14 were significantly higher than day 0 of experimental periods (P<0.05). Non UV-B IY group at day 21 had milk protein higher than day 7 were significantly different (P<0.05). Additionally, milk lactose of UV-B IVDRY group higher than CON and Non UV-B IY groups were significantly different (P<0.05). In respect of blood parameter profiles, blood samples were collected from all cows all at initial and finished collection periods. This study found that alanine aminotransferase (ALT) of Non UV-B IY and UV-B IVDRY groups were significantly lower than CON group (P<0.05). Therefore, UV-B irradiated vitamin D enrich yeast supplementation with TMR can increase milk fat and has not affected health in dairy cows.



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