Reduce Acidosis

Subacute Ruminal Acidosis (SARA) is the consequence of feeding high grain diets to dairy cows, and may be a common and economically important problem in well-managed dairy herds. Acidosis can be triggered by too much Non Fiber Carbohydrate (NFC) and not enough effective fiber in the ration. Ration characteristics that can produce SARA include:

 

  • Fiber: Less than 28% Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF)
  • NFC: More than 40% NFC1
  • Small particle size: Too-finely processed Total Mixed Rations (TMR) and use of by-product feedstuffs
  • Feed sorting: TMRs low in moisture and containing coarse forage
  • ‘Slug’ feeding: “Top-dressing” ration components and overcrowding

 

NutriFiber provides the fiber your cows require for proper rumen function and the energy they need to achieve the production targets you need to achieve.

 

  1. “To avoid acidosis and other metabolic problems, the maximum concentration of NSC should be approximately 30 to 40 percent of the ration dry matter (DM).” (Nocek, J.E. 1997. Bovine acidosis: implications on lameness. J. Dairy  Sci. 80:1005– 1028.)