Acidosis in feedlot cattle

Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract. 2007 Jul;23(2):333-50, viii-ix. doi: 10.1016/j.cvfa.2007.04.002.


Mortality from digestive diseases in feedlot cattle is second only to that from respiratory diseases. Acidosis is a major digestive disorder and is likely to continue because of ongoing attempts to improve the efficiency of beef production by feeding more grain and less roughage. Subacute acidosis is the most prevalent form of acidosis in feedlots but is difficult to diagnose because of the absence of overt clinical signs. Control of acidosis is achieved largely by sound nutritional management. No single strategy or solution exists; however, an effective management strategy should factor in dietary formulation, a consistent feeding program, prudent bunk management, use of nonstarch by-products, and feed additives to minimize pen-to-pen and animal-to-animal variations in feed intake.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acidosis / diet therapy
  • Acidosis / epidemiology
  • Acidosis / prevention & control
  • Acidosis / veterinary*
  • Animal Feed / standards*
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / diet therapy
  • Cattle Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cattle Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Energy Intake
  • Minerals / administration & dosage
  • Rumen / metabolism*
  • Trace Elements / administration & dosage
  • Vitamins / administration & dosage


  • Minerals
  • Trace Elements
  • Vitamins