Cattlemen's Day, 1991; Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 91-355-S; Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 623; Beef; Rumen-escape lipid; Beef heifers; Postpartum estrus; Milk; Cholesterol


Feeding .25, .5, or 1 lb/d of rumen-escape lipid in a range supplement to beef heifers after calving resulted in increased calf weight gain and milk production at 70 d postpartum compared to control or feeding 2 lb daily. As level of rumen-escape lipid increased, plasma cholesterol and triglycerides also increased when measured after 14 and 28 d of lipid feeding. The interval from parturition to standing estrus generally was longer as level of rumen-escape lipid increased. It appears that intermediate levels (.25, .5, or 1 lb/d) of rumen escape lipid can enhance milk production and calf weight gain; however, the interval to estrus may be prolonged.

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