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Feeding and feed intake problems can lead to metabolic disorders with dairy cows. Subsequently claw diseases or lying damage can increasingly occur. Therefore, continuous supervision is important. In this, the milk test report can provide valuable information.
First lactating and early lactating cows are especially susceptible to feeding problems:
Mark abnormalities in the milk test report
(milk ingredients, fat-protein ratio, urea, cell count, ...)
→ can make "problem animals" or "problem groups" evident
Rumen pH in comparison
many small meals are better than a few big ones – rumen pH remains more stable
→ adapt feed delivery frequency or push feed back
problem: lame cows walk less often to the feeding table (a vicious circle starts)
ruminant friendly feeding: much chewing → much saliva → much buffer → good rumen environment
water drinking controls roughage intake – the cow produces milk, not milk powder!
→ rule of thumb: 10 cm drinker length/cow, water flow 20 l/minute