Manure is more than a source of nutrient for your fields. It can be used as an indicator of feed efficiency and animal health. Next time you are with your herd, take a few minutes to observe your cow’s manure and wash some down in a sieve. You could be surprised of you will see and learn. Your herd nutritionist can help you make some adjustments to the cow ration in order for your animals to be healthy, efficient and productive.
Simple manure observations can tell a lot about rumen function and ration digestion. Taking a few minute on a regular basis to look at the manure excreted by your cows can help in identifying potential problems.