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
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- “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.)