Nutritional Disorders and Diseases in Dairy Cattle

Subtropical Dairy Programme Limited

Type: PDF, Webpage, Factsheet
Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

With changes in cattle diets due to increasing dry conditions, higher grain to forage ratios, an increase in the use of byproducts in feed rations and silage feeding, it's more important than ever to keep an eye out for illness caused by nutrition.

This site, produced by DairyBiz, provides a series of links to fact sheets produced by the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

The fact sheets cover a series of topics, including:

  • Metabolic diseases (including acidosis, laminitis, ketosis and milk fever);
  • Grazing-related disorders (including grass tetany, nitrate poisoning, prussic acid poisoning and bloat);
  • Feed contamination (including botulism, ergot poisoning, moulds and mycotoxin poisoning, and aflatoxin poisoning).

They include basic information on the cause, symptoms, prevention and treatment information at a high level for each of the conditions described.  There is also a fact sheet on managing acidosis, which goes into further detail about rumen pH, the use of buffers and alkalising agents for stabilising the rumen and the need for available fibre in the diet.

By reading these fact sheets, you’ll be able to obtain a basic understanding of nutritional disorders and diseases in dairy cattle.

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