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Bloat Farming Note

Rumination naturally produces gas, in particular methane and carbon dioxide, which is usually discharged by belching, however if this cannot occur, the excess gas pressure builds up and causes bloat, which can be fatal. Certain pastures are more prone to bloat, however there are methods available to reduce its risk.

This Farming Note covers:

  • The different types of bloat and their causes
  • Clinical signs of bloat
  • Available treatments
  • Preventative methods

Issued February 2010.

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Since 1991 Kingshay has been publishing Farming Notes on issues critical to the success of a modern dairy farm business. These briefings provide dairy farmers, large animal vets, farm consultants and other interested parties with the most important and timely information in a concise two-page format. The information contained in our Farming Notes is written and updated by our experts to ensure accuracy and save you time.

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