Vet’s View

Nu­tri­ents for ru­mi­nants, by Char­lotte Mouland

Country Smallholding - - Contents -


For­age should make up at least 60% of a ru­mi­nant’s diet, so keep other food­stuffs (veg­eta­bles, sweet treats, etc) to a min­i­mum; Body con­di­tion score is a re­ally ef­fec­tive way to mon­i­tor an an­i­mal’s diet ( Coun­try Small­hold­ing, Septem­ber, Vet’s View). The same prin­ci­ples ap­ply in all species; Know the pre­ferred feed­ing pat­terns of the species you keep, eg goats are browsers and so will like to climb and take a var­ied diet by choice; sheep and cat­tle are graz­ers and there­fore grass is their pre­ferred food­stuff.


It is il­le­gal to feed any scraps that have come from your kitchen to farm an­i­mals in or­der to pre­vent dis­ease spread. For more in­for­ma­tion visit; Feed sweet treats ex­ces­sively. This way you will keep the ru­men bac­te­ria happy.

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