Recent consensus in the UK from certain nutritionists and vets is that Subclinical Acidosis (SARA) in UK dairy cows can be as high as 75% to 80% of the herd in winter feeding months. This has significant diverse impacts including:
Poor use of forages in the diet
Poor feed efficiency
Reduced growth rate in finishing / growing cattle
Long term liver damage in both dairy cows and finishing cattle
Low food intakes
Foot health problems
Increased greenhouse gas production
Poor milk quality
Animal welfare issues
AlkabupHa tackles the root causes of acidosis problems prevalent in many silage based diets for dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep and goats.
It acts directly on the acids in the underlying diet to raise the pH and buffering capacity. The alkaline pH buffers and supports rumen function.
AlkabupHa is protein based and this reduces or eliminates the need to buy additional protein supplements. This is particularly important for maize silage based diets and low protein grass silage based diets.
What is AlkabupHa?
AlkabupHa is a carefully formulated mini-pellet feed material designed to harness the power of our alkaline technology. A way of delivering a solution that has been widely proven as Alkalage and Alkagrain in the diet for decades.
This approach allows nearly all farmers to use the technology in the feeding season, rather than just using Home n' Dry to conserve crop material at harvest in the long term. The two technology applications are entirely compatible in practice.
AlkabupHa tackles 'Base Acid Load' in ruminant diets so as to greatly reduce the risk and severity of Sub Acutre Ruminal Acidosis (SARA) on rumen performance. It does so by releasing alkaline, reactive ammonia into the forage part of the diet. This reacts with the acid, raising the pH and reducing or eliminating acid loading, whilst capturing the nutrients in new ammonium salts that are high quality nutrients within the rumen system.
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For the rumen to work effectively it must operate within a band of pH that is mildly but not too acidic. Ideally between pH 5.75 and 6.76. Below are the results from bolus data gathered in dairy cows, before and after the inclusion of AlkabupHa in the base ration. AlkabupHa delivers this in a protein based system that addresses the dietary causes of acidosis and SARA and is then utilised as a cost effective protein source.
The ruminant has a remarkable ability to buffer pH levels by natural processes of chewing the cud and saliva production. However, in modern production systems, this can be inadequate and needs support. Traditionally this has involved feeding additional buffers, feed yeasts and the formulation of lower powered diets than ideally required for optimum production and health. Often, the 'Base Acid Load' is treated as an uncontrollable issue.
AlkabupHa is unique and allows 'Base Acid Load' to be directly tackled and reduced or eliminated BEFORE the animal consumes it.
AlkabupHa delivers this in a protein based system that addresses the acidosis and SARA issues and then is utilised as a cost effective protein source.
AlkabupHa in the diet
AlkabupHa can be used in diets for all types of ruminant livestock. Typical feed rates are between 300g and 1500g per day for dairy cows - equivalent to about 3% to 12% of the forage dry matter according to the acid loading in the silage(s) available.
To work effectively, the AlkabupHa pellets need to be well mixed into the forage portion of the diet. It needs to be mixed with all forages and therefore in every mix. The AlkabupHa will start to work immediately but it takes an hour or two to reach full effect - but this continues happily in the trough and does not cause any intake or palatability problem for the animal.