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05-10-2017

Calcified seaweed offers effective rumen buffering

Rumibuff’s honeycombed structure
Rumibuff’s honeycombed structure

This year’s grass silage results indicate higher protein, lower energy and increased sugar. This means that many producers will be feeding greater quantities of ingredients, such as cereals, to boost energy levels and milk from forage. The higher sugar content of grass silages means that there is a greater risk of acidosis, when combined with high starch feeds such as cereals.

Cows can produce more than 200 litres of alkaline saliva every day, recycling more than 2.5kg per day of sodium bicarbonate into the rumen. But research by ForFarmers’ Nutrition and Innovation Centre (NIC) shows that sodium bicarbonate has only a shortterm buffering effect in the rumen.

A more effective strategy is to feed Rumibuff, a calcified seaweed product that has a natural honeycombed structure that increases the surface area and breaks down more slowly than conventional buffers in the rumen. This is typically not only more effective, but also more cost effective than traditional rumen buffers.

For more information call 0845 722 8853 or e-mail info.uk@forfarmers.eu