Nutritional strategies help reduce hypocalcemia risk

Nutritional strategies help reduce hypocalcemia risk

ALTHOUGH a negative dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) diet has long been used to help control milk fever in transition dairy cows, more recent research is evaluating whether it is also effective in reducing the risk of subclinical hypocalcemia, or slightly below-normal blood calcium concentrations, according to Dr. Tom Overton, professor of dairy management at Cornell University.

"Subclinical hypocalcemia affects 50-60% of cows post-calving an

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