Study: Dairy cattle feed may contain inadequate calcium

Study: Dairy cattle feed may contain inadequate calcium

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Feeding calcium below 1.5% in dairy cattle may hinder reproduction

Though the typical acidified prepartum diet for calving cows contains a calcium supplement, the supplement typically represents less than 1% of the overall diet. This may prevent overt symptoms of hypocalcemia, but a new study, published in the journal Theriogenology, suggests it’s insufficient to stave off long-term reproductive trouble.