DairyInfo August 2013

Feed Management & the Hoof

In addition to insuring that cows consume diets with adequate amounts of effective fiber and acceptable amounts of mom-fiber carbohydrate (NFC), dairy producers need to implement management practices that minimize "slug" feeding, especially in early lactation.  Rate of pH decline following a meal increases as meal size increases and as dietary NDF concentration decreases (Allen,1997).  Research conducted at Michigan State University (Dado/Allen, 1995) indicated that when given free access to feed, cows fed a lower fiber diet (25.7% NDF vs. 35.2 % NDF) consumed smaller, more consistently-sized meals throughout the day, moderating the extent and duration of low ruminal pH.

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Renaissance Nutrition, Inc.
PO Box 229
Roaring Spring, PA 16673

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339 Frederick Road
Roaring Spring, PA 16673


Phone: 1.800.346.3649
E-mail: rennut@rennut.com

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