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Alan M. March 6th, 2009 21:02

Dung difference
Anyone know why my lactating cows' dung has the consistency of cement mortar even when on hay only, yet the youngstock have firm dung even on a silage diet?

Alan M. March 8th, 2009 21:25

Sorry,I should have made it a bit clearer, it seems to be a general thing with all my lactating cows. I've only really noticed it recently but this has possibly always been the case. I wouldn't have thought anything was wrong by just looking at the cows' dung. It's only when contrasted with the younger stock's that I see the noticeable difference. I wonder if the cows tend to drink more
when lactating or if a mineral balance is involved.

happyheifer April 28th, 2009 12:35

What type of hay are you feeding? As in pasture (clover dominant?) lucern (alfa alfa)? If your hay is high in protein that could be what is doing it. Is it very dark, glossy, bubbly? Can you smell ammonia in the dairy when you are milking? And is it your whole herd, or just your fresh/mid or late lactation cows that are particularly affected?

A few more details and I may be able to give you some pointers.

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