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Wet weather, which has delayed turnout of stock this year, combined with fodder shortages is likely to increase the risk of acidosis when cows are eventually turned out to grass. The shorter transition period from silage to grazing could have a major effect on rumen function for several weeks. One risk of this is sub-acute ruminal acidosis (Sara), seen whenever rumen pH falls below the optimum score of 6 for two to three hours. In addition, stocks of silage, wholecrop, […]