Acidosis

Acidosis can be a major concern when feeding higher levels of cereals due to high levels of rapidly degradable carbohydrate - which can result in a drop in rumen pH

  • Buffers, such as Rumen Buffer or Acid Guard 4, and live yeasts, such as Trouwferm, can be added to diets to stabilise rumen pH
  • Yeasts are most effective in diets when used in combination with buffers
    • inclusion of live yeast:
      • optimises rumen health
      • increases feed intake
      • improves FCE
  • Check rumen fill as this indicates dry matter intake
  • Ensure majority of animals are chewing their cud - as this is a vital sign of good rumen function