Beef Research School: Managing Pasture and Rations to Avoid Acidosis

Acidosis, a severe drop in pH in a cow’s rumen due to a change in feed, isn’t just an issue in feedlots. Cattle being moved from low quality to very lush pastures are also at risk, for example. Not managing for acidosis can lead to cattle that reduce their feed intake and are slow to gain. Recognizing the risk factors for acidosis and managing feed rations or pasture to minimize the risk is a key aspect of maintain a healthy herd.

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In this Beef Research School, Dr. Greg Penner, from the University of Saskatchewan, first explains how acidosis happens and identifies the risk factors that can lead to this digestive issue. Leighton Kolk, a feedlot operator, then describes how they manage for the gain-robber in their feedlot set up at Kolk Farms.

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