No lasting performance without a healthy rumen
The smooth running of rumen fermentations by microorganisms does not only require the addition of protein and energy.
The physical structure of the ruminal contents also participates via the fibers but also other physicochemical characteristics.
For a rumen to work well you have to:
- Stabilize the pH of the rumen
- Stimulate rumination
- Stimulate cellulolytic flora
Some physicochemical characteristics of foods contribute to these 3 objectives:
- Buffer capacity
- Flotation capacity
- Water holding capacity
These 3 characteristics are combined in the ISR (for Rumen Health Index), which describes a feed’s ability to ensure a correct rumen function. A functional rumen guarantees good rationing and good production performance.
Foods with good ISR allow:
- to increase the production performance of your farm
- to obtain a better valuation of your fodder.