Finding the right ration mix for your dairy herd is critical to maximizing performance and profitability, but in the era of high feed costs and increased uncertainty, getting it right is trickier than it looks.

Joining me today is Richie Shepardson, a dairy technical specialist with Milk Specialties Global based out of Vermont. Richie, welcome to the program.

Season 4, Episode 2


Here is the episode breakdown: 

  • Let’s get right into it … What should I look for in my rations before putting a fat supplement in?
  •  Besides adding a fat supplement, how can a person increase energy in the ration?
  • What are the major types of fat supplements, and how do they impact milk and components?
  • What are pros and cons of using fat supplements?
  • Do some fat supplements fit better in some diets more than others?
  • How do I evaluate the value (ROI) of a fat supplement?
  • What are nutrition and management strategies I can utilize to increase milk and components without supplemental fat?


Richie, thanks for taking the time to better explain fat supplements to us.


You can email Richie directly at with any questions you may have.

Also, be sure to check out Milk Specialties website at


This episode is sponsored by Milk Specialties Global.

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