Planning your nutrition

Published 26 January 10

A detailed knowledge of rumen physiology and ruminant metabolism is not essential for improving herd performance through better feeding. However, a broad understanding of rumen fermentation, nutrient requirements, feed intake and utilisation, energy balance, milk production and fertility needs, metabolic disorders and feed resources is important for anyone wishing to make the most of the many opportunities available for nutritional improvement in the vast majority of herds.