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Farmers taking advantage of falling feed material prices this winter by including more cereals in the diet need to pay close attention to feed formulations.   
While reducing on farm costs is beneficial, careful consideration should be given to ration formulation, as including high levels of starch presents its own nutritional challenges when feeding the dairy cow.


Rumibuff TMR cows



Starch ferments quickly in the rumen producing volatile fatty acids (VFA’s) and dropping the pH. The dairy cow will try to meet the acid challenge by ‘chewing it’s cud,’ a natural process which produces sodium bicarbonate.  This is particularly challenging when silage is wetter, as many first cut silages appear to be this year, and acid loading is greater.

In addition, for many high yielding dairy cows fed high levels of feed to meet energy demands this natural buffering process is not enough to meet the acidosis challenge from the diet, so they require additional buffer supplementation.

Lactating dairy cows can produce over 200 litres of alkaline saliva every day, recycling more than 2.5kg/d of sodium bicarbonate into the rumen. Recent research  shows sodium bicarbonate has only a short term effect in the rumen as a buffer, however it is produced by the cow steadily during the rumination process over the day to provide a continuous effect. While this mechanism works for most cows, if sodium bicarbonate is supplemented in the feed once or twice per day much of the buffering is lost either in the TMR mix or shortly after feeding.


Rumibuff Sodium Bicarb

This led  us as far away as Iceland in a search to find a better feeding solution and the development of a new rumen buffer ‘Rumibuff’. While many conventional rumen buffers use sodium bicarbonate, Rumibuff contains a balance of carefully selected natural marine algae and natural antioxidants. Rumibuff's original honeycombed structure increases the surface area and breaks down more slowly than conventional buffers in the rumen, providing a continuous buffering action to meet the acid production from the diet, particularly when starch fermention is at its maximum.


Rumibuff Honeycombed

Rumibuff honeycombed microstructure


Rumibuff is a good sustainable source of bioavailable minerals and trace elements deposited naturally from the sea, together with a combination of natural antixoxidants and vitamins, which helps to condition the rumen microbes for increased dry matter intake and improved performance.
Recent trials at INRA (2013) have shown increases in DMI of over 1.3% and milk yield of more than +4% accompanied with an increase in milk fat and protein content. Recent farm trials have also shown milk fat and protein improvements as a result of better fibre digestion in the rumen and more energy made available to the cow.

For a herd of 150 cows yielding on average 30 litres per day the extra milk is worth around £1620 per month at todays milk price. That’s a return of over 6:1, without taking into account other benefits such as reduced incidence of lameness and better fertility.

The resulting milk fat yield and profile can be evaluated using Visiolac milk analysis. Visiolac milk analysis and nutrition tools provide the inside story on feed efficiency, cow health, saturated fats, Omega 3 and methane.

Some of the other methods used to measure the buffering effect included cow signals, in particular measuring the number of chewing movements, since the process of ‘chewing the cud’ is a good indicator of bicarbonate production and rumen function. The results below are impressive and could be used to monitor your own stock.

 Rumibuff Chewing

Another physical sign was measured by examining the quality of the manure. Over a 6 week period there was an improvement in manure consistency with a gain of 0.5 points on manure score, due to improved rumen conditions and feed digestion.

Rumibuff Scoring

Overall physical, analytical and production indicators show Rumibuff revitalises the rumen, providing effective control of acidosis. For high yielding dairy cows or intensively fed beef cattle, adding Rumibuff to the diet this winter will help to improve the animals own natural buffering system, leading to increased production



50 – 100 g/head/day lactating dairy cows

25-100 g/head/day beef cattle (15g/100kgs liveweight)

10-20 g/head/day sheep & milking goats

For more information on Rumibuff contact your account manager at

DAIRY DIRECT   01638 717866

UK Dairy Day 17th September 2014

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DAIRY DIRECT will be supporting the UK dairy industry by attending the very 1st UK Dairy Day on Wednesday 17th September

Please do come along as see us.  Hosted at Telford International Centre, TF3 4JH


Our fantastic sales team will be there.  We are looking forward to seeing old & new faces, so please do come and say hello and enjoy a drink with us.

In true DAIRY DIRECT style, there will be a prize draw where you can win fantastic prizes.

If you have any questions, or would simply like to say hello, please come along and introduce yourself.  We would really love to see you.

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DAIRY DIRECT will be supporting the UK dairy industry by attending The (Bath & West) Dairy Show on Wednesday 1st October 2014

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The show attracts over 300 trade stands from across the country and beyond and with over 250 cattle this show is the place to be seen and visit.

Our fantastic sales team will be there.  We are looking forward to seeing old & new faces, so please do come and say hello. 

We can be found in Dartmoor Pavillion stand number 262

The show as ever continues to provide the dairy farmer or farm manager with a complete "one stop shop" event at which to meet the milk buyers, feed suppliers, AI companies and consultants, plus it showcases an extensive display of agricultural machinery and equipment.

Dairy cattle are at the heart of the show with 300 entries covering the six main breeds, plus classes for calves and Junior Showmanship classes to encourage the exhibitors of the future. The classes reach an exciting climax at the end of the day with each breed champion judged by a panel of five experts who mark the entrants out of ten, with all competitors hoping for the elusive 50 out of 50.

In true DAIRY DIRECT style, there will be a prize draw where you can win fantastic prizes.

If you have any questions, or would simply like to say hello, please come along and introduce yourself.  We would really love to see you.

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This one day show is hosted at The Royal Bath & West of England Society, The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN

The showground is easily accessible from the M5 and is situated along the A371 Castle Cary – Shepton Mallet road. We are approximately 25 miles from Bristol and 20 miles from Bath. Please go to the individual sections for further information on bus, rail or taxi travel.

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