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Rumen Health


  • Subject
  • SpeakerOwen Atkinson BVSc DCHP MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Cattle Health and Production
  • Date07/03/2017 - All Day
  • LocationWeaverham
  • Price££395 + VAT

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This one day course is designed for those vets with an interest in dairy cow nutrition, wishing to increase their skills, knowledge and confidence in on-farm practical assessments of diets and rumen health.

Morning class room session, discussions will include:

  • sub-acute ruminal acidosis
  • rumen physiology
  • forage analysis reports
  • relevant Cow Signals scoring (e.g rumen fill scores and faeces scoring)
  • using a forage particle separator (“Penn State separator”)
  • providing a simple rumen health monitoring service to clients.

The on-farm afternoon session will put theory into practice. A housed herd with on-going rumen health monitoring will be selected. Rumen fluid will be collected from a sample of cows using rumenocentesis and an oral rumen probe for comparison. A full appraisal of the rumen health and feeding practices will be done, including transition cow management, bunk management and TMR assessments.


  • Date07/03/2017 - All Day
  • LocationWeaverham
  • Price££395 + VAT

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