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What Is Acidosis Of The Rumen?

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Minimal Rumen Acidosis With Nutrifibre

Rumen acidosis occurs at 60% of all high-productive dairy farms. The pH in the rumen of animals affected by rumen acidosis is too low, causing the rumen flora to malfunction. This results in disappointing milk production, low protein and fat contents and problems concerning fertility and claw health. The costs involved in rumen acidosis amount to about € 210 per cow. Rumen acidosis causes a lot of losses in dairy farming. Its symptoms are thin, poorly digested manure and poor cattle performance. The main cause of rumen acidosis is insufficient fibre in the animals’ rumen. Many dairy farmers add extra fibre, such as straw and hay, to their animals’ feed rations or increase the proportion of stems in their grass. However, such measures lower the average feed value. The right solution to the problem is to combine effective fibre with feed value. This will minimise the risk of rumen acidosis and ensure healthy cattle with a high milk production. Symptoms of rumen acidosis in cattle: Lower rumen activity Less rumination Many recumbent animals lie with their heads turned into their flanks Lower, irregular feed intake The following consequences will become evident in the long term: Continue reading >>

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  1. Liang-Hai Sie

    Melena, that is blood that entered the upper digestive tract (stomach acid) e.g. because of a stomach bleed when pooped out has a very pungent specific sweet smell we can smell down the corridor if a patient on the ward has it.

  2. Bob McCown

    Look at all the other answers, they are all good. You can smell ketones on the breath, urine infections, Strep on the breath. Gangrene has a particular odor, advanced kidney failure . . .

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In this video I discuss what are amino acids, what are amino acids made of, and what do amino acids do in the body. I also cover what are peptide bonds, polypeptide chains, how amino acids form proteins, some functions of amino acids, and what are amino acids used to build. Transcript We are going to start by looking at the molecular structure of a typical amino acid, dont worry, I am going to make it easy to understand. The basic structure of amino acids is that they consist of a carboxyl group, a lone hydrogen atom, an amino group, and a side chain, which is often referred to as an R-group. The formation of the side chain is what makes amino acids different from one another. As you can see in this diagram, these 4 are all connected to a carbon atom, which is referred to as the alpha carbon. Not every amino acid follows this exact structure, but, most do. On the screen I have 3 different amino acids, lysine, tryptophan, and leucine. You can see that each has a carboxyl group, an alpha carbon, a amino group, and an R-group that is different from each other. There are 23 total amino acids that are proteinogenic. Proteinogenic amino acids are precursors to proteins, which means they

Silage Acids Play Minor Role In Ruminal Acidosis

I recently spent two weeks working in New Zealand interacting with nutritionists, veterinarians and dairy producers and discovered that, besides the use of pasture-based systems, the other interesting difference between New Zealand and North American dairy farming is New Zealand's perspective on acidosis. For much of lactation, cows in New Zealand consume very lush pastures that provide minimal effective fiber. I saw pictures of the rumen mat in fistulated cows - which were consuming upward of 115 kg of as-fed pasture per day — and it appeared more like a "slurry" than the raft-matrix to which North American nutritionists are accustomed (Bryan McKay, personal communication). Yet, for these 35-42% neutral detergent fiber grasses, even with less than a 12-hour rumen retention time, with rumen pH hovering at or slightly below 5.5 and with frequent observations of manure scores of one to two (loose manure), problems with reduced intakes and milkfat depression do not seem to exist (Eric Kolver, personal communication). This could be the result of several factors, including: (1) the unintentional selection for a modified rumen microbial population, (2) differing consumption patterns am Continue reading >>

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  1. solstice

    So I used a ketone strip after working out Saturday and it turned a bright scarlet. I was very pleased with my progress. How often should I check and what color should the strip be? I am starting to drive myself a little crazy by checking it a lot.

  2. SugarFluff

    You don't have to check ever. When I used to use those strips I'd test daily, usually in the morning. Anything other than the neurtal shade means you're in ketosis. You're likely dehydrated if the deep, dark colors show up.

  3. MandyGa

    I bought soem strips and checked it almost every time I went but now that im down to less than 5 strips I 've slowed down.....(i hate paying 12 bucks for some strips I pee on). Mine turn a really dark purple. I know I dont drink enough water but I/m trying

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Dairy cow heat stress is a serious health and performance issue around the globe. Dr. Lance Baumgard delivers this presentation at a recent dairy conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for select TechMix guests. This video is the second of four.

In Vitro Rumen Fermentation Of Soluble And Non-soluble Polymeric Carbohydrates In Relation To Ruminal Acidosis

Abstract The end-products of dietary carbohydrate fermentation catalysed by rumen microflora can serve as the primary source of energy for ruminants. However, ruminants provided with continuous carbohydrate-containing feed can develop a metabolic disorder called “acidosis”. We have evaluated the fermentation pattern of both soluble monomeric and non-soluble polymeric carbohydrates in the rumen in in vitro fermentation trials. We found that acidosis could occur within 6 h of incubation in the rumen culture fermenting sugars and starch. The formation of lactic acid and acetic acid, either alone or in mixture with ethanol, accounted for high build-up of acid in the rumen. Acidosis resulted even when only 20% of a normal daily feed load for all soluble and non-soluble carbohydrates was provided. DNA-based microbial analysis revealed that Prevotella was the dominant microbial species present in the rumen fluid. Continue reading >>

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  1. HighCaliber

    Hello Community,
    I have something weird going on here and I can't put my finger on it.
    I am getting a lower left & right back pain and can't explain it. It is a dull pain and would register at about a 1 out of 10 on a pain scale. As my signature states below, pain calls attention to something that is unhealthy.
    I have been rather active lately and have been on Animal-Pak vitamins. However, I also have been drinking a LOT of water for the past two weeks, about 1.5 to 2 gallons a day. (I weigh 311Lbs.) I guzzle H2O at the gym.
    Aah, I don't want to even think this is a kidney related issue from being low carb for only 12 days now. Don't beat me up for even mentioning that its relation to my SKD. I have been eating STRICTLY and maintaining a sub-20 carb intake per day. I feel amazing and have lost about 11 pounds so far.
    Sorry for the rant, just needed to vent some steam about this nagging issue.
    I just downed 32oz of H20 while writing this post and I'm hoping for the best.
    Thank you all,
    -HighCaliber
    Note: I have not carbed up yet, I originally started the BFFM style of carb ups for training and every third day nevertheless I was gaining/maintaining too much fat so I discontinued that regimen in September of 2007.

  2. PyroBurns

    I get this too sometimes, and I think it might be because of.... uh... issues going number two for me (sorry for the TMI). I imagine my intestines being too full and pushing on my kidneys. Maybe that could be it?

  3. PSMF

    IMO don't drink more then 1 gallon of water, start taking lots of electrolytes in your drinking water and then report back.
    See Morton salt substitute and Morton light salt for cheep source of potassium chloride and sodium chloride and iodine. Start eating red meat for zinc.

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