Acidosis and adaptation in sheep

Grain poisoning is commonly seen in sheep after consuming large quantities of grains that they have not been appropriately adapted to. This type of poisoning is the result of ruminal acidosis. Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) may occur when livestock eat rations high in starch and low in fibre. The microbes in the rumen rapidly ferment…

Prevention of digital dermatitis

digital dermatitis (DD)

Hairy heel wart is the commonly used term for digital dermatitis (DD), which is a dangerously contagious foot disease found in cattle. DD has been identified as the leading cause of lameness in dairy cattle in the United States, with a prevalence of up to 80%. Prevention of digital dermatitis is notoriously difficult because a…

Become an acidosis sleuth

dairy cow close-up

Acidosis is like that suspicious rattling sound that your bakkie occasionally makes. While everything seems all right on the surface, there is something that is most definitely not right. Rattles do not fix themselves, and they often need an annoying amount of investigation to sort out. Acidosis is no different. It is characterised by rapid…