Feed additives

Feed additives are for prevention, not treatment. They are not a substitute for good feeding management but can play a role in managing the risk of acidosis associated with low effective fibre and high grain/concentrate diets.

Feed additives work in different ways. Many farmers are unsure of the differences between buffers, neutralising agents and rumen modifiers. In a previous study, more than 50 per cent of farmers were not supplying correct amounts of additives per cow per day.

You miss out on the benefits if the additive dose rates in your feed aren’t right for your daily per cow feeding rate.

Download the 'Feed additives' fact sheet