Hay to reduce dietary cation-anion difference for dry dairy cows.

@article{Charbonneau2008HayTR,
  title={Hay to reduce dietary cation-anion difference for dry dairy cows.},
  author={{\'E}dith Charbonneau and Philippe Chouinard and Ga{\"e}tan F. Tremblay and Gillian Allard and D Pellerin},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  year={2008},
  volume={91 4},
  pages={
          1585-96
        }
}
Timothy grass has a lower dietary cation-anion difference [DCAD = (Na + K) - (Cl + S)] than other cool-season grass species. Growing timothy on low-K soils and fertilizing it with CaCl2 could further decrease its DCAD. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of feeding low-DCAD timothy hay on dry dairy cows. Six nonpregnant and nonlactating cows were used in a replicated 3 x 3 Latin square. Treatments were as follows: 1) control diet (control; DCAD = 296 mEq/kg of dry matter); 2… CONTINUE READING
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