19.06.2020

Rumen disorders

Always care for the proper functioning of cowsdigestive tract

Numerous metabolic disorders occurring in high-performance dairy cows. e.g. rumen acidosis, displacement of the abomasum, ketosis, hypocalcaemia, result in negative consequences in the form of gastrointestinal tract functioning disorders. This manifests in atony of the rumen (lack of specific muscle contractions in the forestomachs as a part of the so-called reticulum-rumen cycle), weaker secretion of digestive juices, inhibited intestinal peristalsis and deterioration of the epithelium. As a result, there is a clear reduction in feed intake, often combined with constipation or diarrhoea (the least severe form results in incorrect consistency of faeces). In each case, incorrect functioning of the gastrointestinal tract is equal to the greater or lesser reduction of milk production.

Sometimes the critical factor leading to the occurrence of cows’ digestive tract dysfunctions is each change of the feed portion, i.e. the post parturient period, transition from one technological group to the other, or changing the diet, e.g. transition from the summer period (grazing, forage) to the winter period (hay, silage) and the other way around. Stabilization of feeding, relating to the lack of change in the population of symbiotic micro-organisms in the digestive tract is one of the most important elements of nutrition of high-yielding diary cows. This is the aim of implementing the TMR system combined with an increased number of feed administration, according to the principle: administer a feed ration in smaller, unified portions, but more frequently.

 

Basic features of the TMR system

  • Standardization with respect to 1 kg of dm., just like for complete feed stuffs.
  • Feed intake at will.
  • Rumen micro-organisms are provided with an optimal medium.
  • Concentrates are taken in small doses throughout the day: better feed utilization and lack of rumen acidosis.
  • Feed which is less likely taken by animals is mixed with feed that is more eagerly eaten.
  • Too watery feed is mixed with dry feed.
  • Increase in milk yield of 1-2 kg per day.

However, since the dietary needs of cows during the production cycle change (see: completely different requirements for cows in the dry period and during lactation), corrections in the composition of feed rations during the year cannot be avoided. For these periods, and for animals that went through traumatic events (e.g. difficult calving, any more or less severe illnesses), prevention and recovery are aided with various preparations stabilizing and/or restoring the proper functioning of the digestive tract. Preparations containing natural biologically active compounds are particularly valuable. Among them, herbal extracts, and specially selected medicinal plants (e.g. wormwood) play a significant role. Rumilax is an example of such preparation, with proven beneficial effect of increasing and stabilizing the consumption of dry mass of a feed ration.

Rumilax stimulates peristalsis of intestines, promotes the secretion of gastric juice and bile, while reducing digestive disorders. The product stimulates appetite and has an anti-inflammatory effect. Due to the specially selected herbal composition, the preparation is effective in cases of the gastrointestinal tract disorders. Therefore, administering the Rumilax preparation is recommended for animals with disorders of the rumen and decreased feed intake, indigestion, and acidosis.

 

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