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.