Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Subacute ruminal acidosis (Farmer Factsheet)

Contributor(s): Owen Atkinson , Sophie Mahendran

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  • SARA is a condition that is unfortunately all too common in dairy cows. It is one of the most important rumen health problems in the UK.
  • Signs include:
    • Reduced or cyclic feed intake.
    • Decreased milk production.
    • Reduced milk fat (this is a poor indicator).
    • Poor body condition score, despite adequate feed intake.
    • Unexplained diarrhoea.
    • High rates of culling or unexplained deaths.
    • Sporadic cases of caudal vena cava syndrome.
  • SARA has a negative impact on profitability both through reduced productivity and increased vet bills.
  • Rumenocentesis may be required to accurately diagnose SARA.

Causes of SARA

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Predisposing factors

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SARA effect on fertility

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Diagnosis

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Treatment

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In the long-term

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