Source of sodium

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Sodium occurs naturally in the body and plays an important role in animal physiology. In particular, it maintains a suitable acid-base equilibrium, even when animals are fed acidifying rations. But it is also necessary for nerve transmission and the transfer of sugars and nutrients to the cells.
In dairy cows, sodium requirements are around 0.2% of total dry matter (DM). In the event of heat stress (increased excretion of sodium in the urine and through perspiration), these requirements increase to 0.4-0.5% of total DM. This is particularly the case in summer, when the sodium content of the grassland is 14% lower than it is in April. 

Find out more about heat stress

Correcting the ration

Bicar®Z is a natural, chlorine-free and sulfur-free source of sodium which corrects the electrolyte balance of rations, restores correct blood and ruminal pH and precisely responds to the physiological needs of the animals.