23 Jan 2017
The Acidosis Risk
With an increasing pressure to improve animal performance and unit productivity, the dairy farmer is faced with the challenge of balancing the need to provide sufficient feed for a high level of production whilst trying to reduce the risk of acidosis.
Acidosis is a metabolic disease caused by feeding high levels of rapidly digested, starchy diets in order to meet demands for increased feed intakes and high milk yields.
ACIDOSIS = POOR PERFORMANCE
ESTIMATED COST TO THE FARMER £100 - £230 PER COW
Results from trial work show the difference in pH between normal dried grain and a diet incorporating Maxammon.
Cattle fed normal dried grain - extremely low pH caused by high acid production in the rumen and inadequate buffering.
Maxmmon fed cattle - rumen pH maintained around the optimum of 6.2 due to the buffering effects of Maxammon.
Ideally the diet you feed should stimulate good rumen function and aim to keep the pH content above the 5.8 threshold, with an aim to achieve an optimum pH of 6.5. If the rumen content is below this level then microbial activity and digestion are compromised, which leads to reduced feed efficiency, impaired performance and health issues, causing a higher risk of acidosis becoming present.
Maxammon Rumi-Guard – Harnessing the Power of Alkaline Feed
Maxammon Rumi-Guard is a unique patented (pending) compound feed for dairy cows at risk of acidosis.
The process by which Maxammon Rumi-Guard is manufactured produces an alkaline feed with a pH over 7; a full one unit above a standard compound. This reduces the rate of fermentation in the rumen which helps buffer and neutralise the acid, encouraging optimum pH and efficient rumen function.
By promoting an efficient and healthy rumen Maxammon Rumi-Guard helps to:
Improve milk/butterfat production
- Improve feed efficiency
- Increase performance and productivity
- Reduce economic losses associated with acidosis
|Rumi-Guard Features||Rumi-Guard Advantages & Benefits|
|Alkaline diet with pH of over 7||Buffers rumen and maintains optimum rumen pH reducing the risk of acidosis|
|Manufactured using our unique Rumen Friendly Concept||Increases fibre digestion, increases intake, improves rumen function, reduces the risk of acidosis|
|High quality by-pass protein and starch||Balances forage, increases milk yield and improves feed efficiency|
|Yea-Sacc to help create a stable rumen environment||Increases fibre digestion, increases intake, improves rumen function, reduces the risk of acidosis|
|Evo a unique blend of natural plant extracts shown to directly stimulate key 'pleasure' areas in the brain||Promotes feed intake and reduces stress|
|Fully supplemented with key vitamins and minerals||Promotes well-being and immunity, improves performance|
Maxammon Rumi-Guard - The Results Impress
Farm trials have focused on the performance of cows in early lactation (0-120 days) when the largest proportion of daily intake comes from the parlour compound. At this time these cows will be at greatest risk from acidosis.
The results of on farm studies showed that along with anecdotal improvements in health and fertility, cows fed Maxammon Rumi-Guard in the first 120 days of lactation not only produced 8% more milk but also exhibited a 4.7% increase in milk fat, resulting in a 13.4% increase in the overall kgs of butterfat produced.
There was also a similar effect on kgs of milk protein produced by each cow, which increased by 4.3%, which is beneficial for units supplying cheese contracts.
The results indicate that by enabling us to safely feed increased starch in early lactation, Maxammon Rumi-Guard is a very useful tool to help get cows out of negative energy balance more quickly. By helping to maintain a good rumen pH, it may also have an indirect role in maximising rumen function and stimulating an increased feed intake in early lactation, all of which should also improve fertility, milk, components and fertility? Exciting times.