Cold weather: more attention to the rumen
Winter has really set in now. The shift to colder weather is not always easy for dairy cows. It is a good idea to make sure that the cow's rumen is functioning as efficiently as possible. Especially in these cold conditions, we need to pay more attention to the rumen. Because there are many soft silages around, farmers are well-advised to feed additional fibre. Give your cows 200-300 grams of oilseed rape straw, 500 grams of alfalfa, 500 grams of chopped wheat straw or 500 grams of hay per cow per day. This maintains milk production due to better rumen function.
Feed extra fibre in addition to your fast-digesting corn silage, to prevent acidosis. The longer your corn silage is stored, the more rumen digestible it will become. You will probably see fewer grains in the dung than you did when you began feeding with this corn silage. Even though the ration stays the same, it will digest faster due to the corn.
Supplementing with fibre
A fast-digesting ration increases the risk of acidosis. This is why you should feed fibre. Chopped oilseed rape straw is the best option, but chopped wheat straw will also slow down digestion.