Lallemand Animal Nutrition is offering a free rumen efficiency investigation (REI) to help dairy farmers better understand rumen health and forage digestibility within their herd.
It is recommended that an REI is undertaken either when there is a significant change in the diet such as winter housing transition, or new components are being introduced into a ration, as these changes may cause disruption to rumen function.
“Proactively looking for the warning signs of impaired rumen function allows producers to make informed decisions on whether interventions are required to improve rumen health and feed efficiency,” says Lientjie Colahan, technical sales support at Lallemand Animal Nutrition.
“A rumen efficiency investigation focuses on nine key areas, all of which impact the rumen in different ways, and uses non-invasive techniques to assess the cow’s rumen function. The parameters reviewed include ruminating activity, body condition, rumen fill, locomotion and cleanliness, as well as manure consistency and screening, milk performance and the environment,” explains Mrs Colahan.
Following the on-farm investigation, farmers are given bespoke advice on where improvements and changes can be made to maximise rumen function, improve fibre digestion and ultimately production from forage.
“For example, ensuring cows have sufficient access to clean, fresh water, a consistent, well-balanced ration to maximise dry matter intakes, as well as plenty of feed barrier space, are just some of the improvements farmers can make to increase their rumen efficiency,” she explains.