In the critical period of transition, it is recommended that cows from high-yielding herds receive additional high-value nutrients. This can be used to provide cows with trace elements and vitamins such as sulfur, and zinc. In certain cases, it may be recommended that high-value mineral supplements contain dietetic buffers. The top buffers for farm cows should be adjusted to avoid any negative effects.
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To ensure optimal milk production, fertility, and health, the pH of the milk must be at least 6.0. Lower pH values are common in dairy cows. This is due to the ration changes following calving, and the high ratio between concentrate and roughage.
The metabolic acidosis, which results in low pH levels in the rumen, can complicate a variety of diseases that affect cattle. This includes ketoacidosis and lactic acidosis, enterotoxigenic diarrhea in calves, as well as some enteric diseases in adult cattle.
A common sub-clinical symptom of metabolic acidosis is milk fat depression. This occurs when milk yields are down to 25% in ECM (Energy Corrected Milk). Worse cases can lead to indigestion, loss of appetite and even death.
Supplementary buffers should only be used for cows with high milk yields at the beginning of lactation.
Buffering in the ration can be used as an alternative to symptom prophylactics. Buffers can interfere with sensitive physiological processes in the rumen and should be avoided.
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