Obsalim – Ruminant Health

Obsalim is the result of twenty years of observing and trialing by a French vet with a special interest in farming, nutrition and ruminant welfare. This unique method of assessment and ration adjustment is based on observing your cows, goats and/or sheep.  It helps you to know exactly how they are digesting the ration in real-time. It uncovers the subtle issues that are generating problems and reveals opportunities to reduce input costs and turn losses into profits.

Obsalim helps you answer questions such as:

  • How are my cows, sheep or goats eating and digesting the grass or the ration?
  • Why is there a gap between what the ration sheet predicts and what they are actually producing?
  • How can I close this gap?
  • Are they getting enough or too much energy, protein and/or fibre?
  • How can I improve the overall health of my herd?

Obsalim will make your observations more precise and actionable. 

Learn more about Obsalim

You can learn more about Obsalim here

Hear more about Obsalim from their YouTube tutorial for beginners.

Part 1

Part 2

Courses to learn Obsalim are run by Ruminant Health who offer training and consultancy for the Obsalim technique in the UK.  The company was set up by veterinarian Edward De Beukelaer and pharmacist Tony Pinkus.

Farmer Insights:

Read insights from an organic goat farmer in Australia who says that small on-farm changes resulted in big returns. 

Holy Goat Cheese Case study.

Read the article about the difference Obsalim training has made on the Holy Goat Cheese website.

Innovative Farmer Article

UK organic dairy farmer Nick Freeeth has seen excellent results. Nick has a herd of around 200 cows and over the period he used Obsalim he saw a total increase of 6,000 litres in yield. This was at the same time as reducing his feed costs and reporting that his cows looked healthier. He said the biggest learning he got from the system was splitting his feed into two meals and making sure his herd got two periods of rumination each day. This really helped, particularly with his young stock.  Nick said about Obsalim.

“Well, I suppose the best indication is that we’re still using it, long after the trial period ended! It’s a case of starting to really look at the animals, and then making adjustments to their feed. For example, I often have cows which are red in the claw, I draw that card and compare it with other symptoms I’m observing and it’s like an alarm button going off that they’re getting too much energy. I usually look back and see they’ve spent the day before on a rich clover ley. It’s all a work in progress though, so I’m really looking forward to trialling again this winter.” 

Article from Innovativefarmers.org

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The veterinary Surgeon’s Act 1966 restricts the treatment of animals (usually other than your own*) by anyone other than a qualified vet. Always consult a veterinary surgeon if you are concerned about your animal’s health. *For full details visit the RCVS website