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Assessing Cow Muck Farming Note

What goes in must come out! Assessing cow muck can be a useful management tool as dung consistency is a good indicator of what is happening in a cow's digestive system and how efficiently the ration is being used. Monitoring cow muck, alongside general animal health and production, is a useful way of identifying dietary and health problems on a herd scale.

This Farming Note covers:

  • Digestion in the ruminant
  • Fermentation in the rumen
  • The importance of good dung consistency
  • How to score and assess cow muck

Issued November 2008.

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