Barley is grown for both malting purposes and for use in animal feeds.
Barley is high in energy, but low in protein. The high starch level promotes efficient rumen conversion of nitrogen from the grass into milk protein. Barley would be ideally used around peak lactation to complement the high amounts of crude protein going into the diet from pasture.
Slow introduction to barley feeding needs to take place as it can cause acidosis. This is best done by slowly increasing the ration per cow per day up by small increments of approximately 0.5 kg DM.
|ME (MJME/kg DM):||11.5|