Potassium in Dairy Cow Diets

Published on: 10/14/2018
Author/s : Karen Dupchak (Animal Nutritionist)
Animal Industry Branch - Manitoba Agriculture & Food

Although potassium (K) is an essential nutrient for dairy cattle, increasingly high levels in forages have made cattle more susceptible to metabolic diseases such as grass tetany, udder edema and milk fever. Potassium requirements of ruminants vary depending on the class of animal. Feedlot cattle, range cattle and growing heifers require about 0.6% K in their diet. Cattle undergoing ...

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October 14, 2018

This is very valuable knowledge about potassium. Thanks a lot, Sir.

July 11, 2019

Sir, in summer stress period, can we supplement potassium iodite to the animal? How many doses can we give?

Shifali Sharma Shifali Sharma
August 10, 2019

Yes, I agree with you, dietary potassium is a significant nutrient for good dairy cow health and nutrition. This macromineral impacts carbohydrate metabolism, amino acid uptake and protein synthesis, all of which aid in milk production as well as reproductive performance, immune function and cow well-being.

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