Proper feeding of anionic salts can reduce milk fever and the severity of low blood calcium at calving, says Bill Weiss, dairy nutritionist at Ohio State University. However, anionic salts are not recommended for everyone since they can reduce dry matter intake and that could increase the incidence of ketosis. Consider using anionic salts if you meet the following criteria:
- You are feeding high potassium forages.
- Milk fever and retained placentas are a problem on your dairy.
- You feed a total-mixed ration.
- You monitor dry matter intake.