Sodium bicarbonate is a mineral that is also known as bicarbonate of soda
The most important use of sodium bicarbonate in dairy cows is as a buffer, i.e. it neutralises acids in the rumen.
A well-functioning cow produces its own source of sodium bicarbonate through the saliva in the amount of up to 2 kg daily. This volume is insufficient for structurally deficient feed rations with short chewing time, so an extra supplement of sodium bicarbonate is often worth it in these situations.
Possibilities of positive yields
Higher feed intake
Prevents subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA)
More balanced energy in early lactation
Prevents displaced abomasum
Reduces veterinarian costs
Increases milk yields
200â€“300 grams of sodium bicarbonate per cow per day
Administer sodium carbonate by means of a mineral compound, as a top dressing or by mixing it directly into a feed compound.
Permitted for use by organic farmers
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