Prepartum DCAD critical for cow health

Prepartum DCAD critical for cow health

Balancing prepartum rations for negative DCAD levels has a significant effect on blood calcium and postpartum milk production.

*Dr. Elliot Block is research fellow at Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition, and Dr. Ian Lean is director of SBScibus.

TODAY, the relationship between proper prepartum dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) levels and cow health is widely accepted.

That's because research and experience have demonstrated over and over that lowering the ration DCAD prior to calving helps prevent serious health challenges, including milk

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