DCAD considerations

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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.

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