Category: Dairy

Herd your cattle towards healthy gestation

During the cooler seasons, cereal crops and green pastures typically experience a decline in uptake of minerals from the soil. The high moisture content and low dry matter of lush pasture allows feed to pass through the rumen faster, which decreases the animals ability to absorb important nutrients. Availability of essential nutrients declines significantly, particularly… Read more »

Magnesium Deficiency – Grass Tetany

Cattle store very little magnesium in their body and rely on Magnesium being supplied daily in their feed. If pasture levels are low this can trigger a deficiency. Symptoms include: Sudden deaths. Early signs…facial & ear twitching. Become agitated with sounds or movement eg Handling, birds flying overhead. Staggering as it becomes worse. Lying on… Read more »

Maintaining butterfat

The most common cause of low butterfat is a shortage of roughage leading to acidic conditions in the rumen. Roughage keeps the cow chewing her cud and in doing so she id producing copious quantities of saliva containing bicarbonate which buffers the rumen. The amount of bicarb you can add in the feed can be… Read more »