30 August 1996

Monensin benefits

MILK fat can be depressed by 0.3-0.4% using feed supplements such as Monensin, which also reduces the level of sub-clinical ketosis, claims Richard Phipps of CEDAR.

Monensin is the same as the product Romensin that was used in beef rations for 20 years, but is now banned in the EU. But Elanco stopped research on Monensin for use in dairy rations as the EU recommended another feed additive, Avotan, was excluded from cattle feed, says Dr Phipps.