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minus  Too low Calcium/Phosphorous ratio

The ration contains a surplus of phosphorous relative to calcium, although the absolute amounts of calcium may be acceptable. Diseases in the skeleton may develop if feeding of a ration with an unbalanced Ca/P ratio continues for prolonged periods.

Recommendation: Use feeds with a high calcium content like alfalfa and calcium carbonate. Reduce the feeding of phosphorous rich feeds like wheat bran and grains. Be sure that the total contents of calcium and phosphorous are
within the recommended range. "No red lines please!"

plus  Too high Calcium/Phosphorous ratio

The ration contains a surplus of calcium relative to phosphorous, although the absolute amounts of calcium may be acceptable. Diseases in the skeleton may develop if a ration with an unbalanced Ca/P ratio is given for prolonged periods.

Recommendation: Provide less of feeds with a high calcium content like alfalfa and calcium carbonate. Increase the proportion of phosphorous rich feeds like wheat bran and grains in the diet. Be sure that the total contents of calcium and phosphorous are within the recommended range.

 

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