If you feed a high-fiber diet to close-up cows, pay close attention to forage-potassium levels. High potassium levels can influence a cow’s acid-base balance. Here are some considerations when balancing for dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) in high-fiber diets.
They are provided by Phillip Jardon of Standard Nutrition.
Feed low potassium forages.
Maintain consistent forage-potassium levels. “If potassium goes from 1 percent to 2 percent, that’s a big deal,” Jardon says.
Monitor sorting at the feedbunk.