Facts about fibre
Fibre is an essential ingredient in the diets of ruminant animals such as cows.
The fact sheet describes:
- The role of fibre and its components in the animals' diets
- Neutral detergent fibre and acid detergent fibre and its role in making feeding decisions
- Some key thoughts and considerations on rumination, rumen pH and the risk of acidosis
- Recognising the signs of sub-clinical acidosis.
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- Fibre is an essential ingredient in diets of ruminants
- Fibre length should be greater than 1.5 cm
- Neutral detergent fibre intake should be approximately 40% of total dry matter intake
- Feed a long fibre source as soon as possible after grain/ concentrate feeding to help reduce the rumen pH drop