Dairy cows will receive probably the most diverse range of feed types ever experienced following the summer of 2018. Stabilising the rumen is key to performance this winter and their are several ways in which the acid loading could be severely tested.
- Early first cut silages, which although dry and at first glance do not appear to be acidic, have significant rumen acid loading because of high levels of rapidly fermentable carbohydrate due to very young leafy grass being cut with low fibre and high sugar levels.
- Third cut silages are typically wetter with more lactic acid and low in fibre.
- Many farms, particularly in the Midlands and South of England because of grass shortages, have been forced to use a range of alternatives leading to diets with low levels of long fibre/physically effective NDF.
- Multiple diet changes in quick succession.
Using high digestible fibre concentrates can help but sometimes this is not enough on its own and cutting back on starch supply too far could significantly reduce yields and milk protein content. Carrs Billington can offer compounds and blends containing two ingredients, TechTonic and Actisaf, which have been proven to improve rumen function and stabilitily, leading to higher performance and better feed conversion efficiency (FCR).
TechTonic is a rumen stabiliser which has been researched and trialled for over 5 years in more than 40 dairy farms as well as independent research conducted by AFBI Northern Ireland. We have used it commercially for three years now and many farmers across our trading area have seen significant performance benefits from including TechTonic in the diet.