Journal of
Cell and Animal Biology

  • Abbreviation: J. Cell Anim. Biol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0867
  • DOI: 10.5897/JCAB
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 261

Full Length Research Paper

The effects of feeding liquid acid whey in the diet of lactating dairy cows on milk production and composition

M. Ben Salem 1* and M. Fraj 2
1INRAT, Laboratory of Animal and Forage Productions rue Hédi Karray, 2049 Ariana, Tunisia. 2Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture de Mateur, Tunisia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 30 July 2007
  •  Published: 31 August 2007


Eighteen Holstein dairy cows averaging 141 days in milk were used in a complete randomized design to determine the effects of feeding liquid acid whey (LAW) on milk production and composition. Animals received a diet consisting of berseem clover (Trifolium alexandrinum., L), wheat straw and concentrate (Control). Treatments were control and control plus 40 liters/cow/day of LAW. Daily individual Dry Matter Intake (DMI) and milk production were measured. Diet digestibility was determined using the total collection method. Results showed that LAW increased (P<0.05) DMI. However, in vivo dry and organic matter digestibilities were not affected by whey feeding. 4% fat corrected milk (FCM) and milk fat and protein yields were higher (P<0.05) for cows fed the whey (15.4 and 14.6 kg/day and 592 vs. 555 g/day and 486 vs. 462 g/day for milk and yields of milk fat and proteins, respectively). Milk composition was similar (P>0,05) for both treatments. It can be concluded that including LAW in dairy diets, in a partial replacement of the concentrate, significantly improved FCM and milk fat and protein yields without affecting milk composition.


Key words: Dairy cow, whey, milk yield, milk composition.