Eight Holstein cows were used to investigate the effects of DM intake and sodium bicarbonate on lactational performance and concentrations of hormones and metabolites in plasma. Cows were fed a diet with or without 1.0% sodium bicarbonate (dry matter basis) in a switchback design. Four cows were fed ad libitum and four cows were fed approximately 80% of their recommended nutrient requirements by restriction of DM intake throughout the three 21-d periods. Supplementing the diet with sodium bicarbonate increased DM intake of cows fed ad libitum. There was a feed intake by sodium bicarbonate interaction for production of 4% FCM. This interaction may be explained by the difference in DM intake of cows fed ad libitum or restricted amounts of feed and supplemented with sodium bicarbonate. Cows fed restricted amounts of feed had lower milk, milk fat, milk protein, milk SNF, and milk energy yields. Restriction of feed intake increased plasma concentrations of somatotropin and nonesterified fatty acids but decreased concentrations of insulin, triidothyronine, thyroxine, glucagon, and prolactin. In contrast, feeding supplemental sodium bicarbonate did not affect concentrations of hormones or metabolites in plasma at either feed intake.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Food Science
- Animal Science and Zoology