Benefits of Feeding Alka Products

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Two of the most common types of microbes in the rumen are those which digest fibre (grass, hay) and those which digest starch (grains) On pasture or other high roughage rations, the bacteria predominantly present in the rumen are those which primarily digest fibre, specifically cellulose. When we introduce grains which contain high levels of starch, the starch digesters that are present begin the rapid breakdown process of these materials which liberates various organic acids as a by-product. If this acid production is high enough it begins to drop the overall rumen pH. When the pH drops low enough we begin seeing a reduction in the populations of fibre digesting bacteria. This has a detrimental effect for a time on the cow's ability to break down and digest fibre. For a short period of time we have increased the amount of energy available to the animal, but because of the reduction in the microbes, we have reduced the cow's ability to break down and digest fibre. -- her primary source of nutrients All in all, the nutrients available, particularly energy can be ultimately reduced instead of enhanced.  By feeding forages and/or grains conserved with Home’N’Dry  we find we can increase the amount of grains fed, that are needed to optimise meat/milk yield while keeping the rumen functioning at an optimal Ph level for microbe production

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