Dairy farmers are being urged to look out for warning signs of compromised rumen function that can lower feed efficiency and overall production performance.
Producers are being encouraged by Alltech European technical manager, Dr Helen Warren to carry out their own regular on-farm assessments, which can promptly alert them to problems with rumen health.
“Many dairy farmers rely on their vet or nutritionist to provide advice on rumen function, however, there are tools that farmers can use to monitor their cows on a regular basis,” says Dr Warren.
“It’s really important that farmers are able to evaluate rumen function in order to optimise herd efficiency. While there are numerous causes of compromised rumen function, and expert advice may be needed to address the issue, recognising the warning signs is an important initial step that can give farmers confidence to take action.”
Manure sieving, monitoring rumen fill and body condition scoring are all methods of evaluating rumen function.
Dr Warren will be discussing the signs and symptoms of compromised rumen function, as well as how to monitor them, during a seminar at the forthcoming UK Dairy Day being held at the International Centre in Telford on September 14.
It will include a practical guide to rumen health and the opportunities available to maximise rumen function that will deliver a cost benefit to the producer.
The seminar will take place at 10.20 a.m. within the Sharing Knowledge Zone at UK Dairy Day and further advice will be offered at the Alltech stand.