Rumination is a proven direct indicator of cow well-being and health. As such, dairy producers, veterinarians, and nutritionists alike have long relied on cud chewing as a key indicator of dairy cow health.
One of the primary purposes of rumination is to physically break down coarse material in food, in order to assist in its transfer from the rumen. An additional function is to increase the production of saliva, which acts as a buffer to the acids produced during the microbial degradation of carbohydrates. Dairy cows ruminate between 8-9 hours a day. A drop in rumination time can be a result of low feed intake or a direct disruption of rumen function.
Optimizing herd health, fertility, nutrition, and general management is the key to farm profitability – and in all these areas rumination can contribute useful information. Rumination monitoring can provide an early window for disease diagnosis, assessment of recovery and treatment effectiveness, or diagnosis of feed related issues.
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