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J Dairy Sci. 2012 Jul;95(7):3919-25.
Effectiveness of potassium carbonate sesquihydrate to increase dietary cation-anion difference in early lactation cows.Harrison J, White R, Kincaid R, Block E, Jenkins T, St-Pierre N.SourceDepartment of Animal Sciences, Washington State University, Puyallup 98371, USA. email@example.comAbstractThe effect of additional dietary potassium in early lactation dairy cows was evaluated with the addition of potassium carbonate sesquihydrate, which increased dietary K from 1.3 to 2.1% of dry matter (DM) from wk 3 to 12 of lactation. Cows fed potassium carbonate sesquihydrate in the form of DCAD Plus (Church & Dwight Co. Inc., Princeton, NJ) had increased DM intake, milk fat percentage and yield, energy-corrected milk, and efficiency of milk production per unit of DM intake. Milk fat of cows fed higher dietary K had a lower concentration of trans fatty acids, suggesting a role for potassium carbonate sesquihydrate in the rumen in the biohydrogenation processes converting linoleic to stearic acid. Cows fed the diet with 2.1% K had greater apparent balance of K, and no effects were noted on the concentration of blood Mg or amount of fecal Mg. The data support the feeding of greater amounts of K in the early lactation cow.