Alltech IFM Newsletter: Understanding Rumen Function

Alltech IFM Newsletter

Goal to maximize rumen health and function, and how those steps translate to herd health, productivity and profitability.

Multiple factors impact dairy ration digestion, which takes place in the cow’s rumen.

The primary functions of the rumen are to break down fiber and synthesize microbial protein. Both functions are essential, as much of the energy and protein utilized by the cow comes from the rumen. Good rumen function will ensure optimal feed intake and digestion, while poor rumen function can negatively impact intake and overall cow performance. Proper ration formulation and understanding how the individual ingredients in the ration work together can help keep the rumen, and your cows, functioning properly.

Read more in the Alltech IFM Newsletter.

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