Impact of nutrition on lameness

Optimising rumen performance with rumen by-pass essential fatty acids means happy healthy cows with good mobility.

Here is what the experts say

“The digital pads contain much higher lipid content than reported for that of horn, i.e. 264g per kg of lipid for heifers and a significantly higher 367g per kg for cows (Räber et al., 2006). Baird et al. (2010) found that the concentrations varied for the different parts of the digital pad studied in bulls and concentrations ranged from 300g per kg to 30g per kg. However, the effect of a diet with increased linseed oil, to provide C18:3n-3 fats did not influence concentrations of lipid in the digital pads. Approximately 95% of fats were C16 and C18; however, C18:1 fatty acid was dominant, comprising 60–65% of the fat present. It might be postulated that the digital cushion may be more vulnerable if diets low in fatty acids are fed or if antioxidants such as vitamin E are lower in concentration. There may also be a need to examine how bio-hydrogenation of dietary lipids that is greater under more acidic ruminal conditions may influence the lipid content and composition of the fat pad and hoof horn.”

The products of choice are:

High C18:1, Plus essential C18:2 & C18:3, C20+ to support immune and reproductive systems, rumen buffer.
Omega Cream
Contains C18:1, C18:2 & C18:3, superior C16:0 content, Marine Omega 3’s.
Rumen Buffer with glycerine, maximise milk from forage and increases glucogenic supply.




Reference – Livestock Science 156(2013)


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