Feeding Kiwi Fruit
A readily accessible and often cheap supplement for some during the autumn, this page breaks down some key facts about kiwi fruit, how much to feed and how to reduce associated risks
This is the number one health risk when feeding kiwi fruit due to the high volume of sugars they contain. While the DM% does not change as the fruit ripens, the sugar content does, so a batch is always changing and becoming higher risk over time. If you are feeding a balanced diet on paper then this becomes more of an individual cow risk as some cows will hoover up more than their fair share of fruit if given the chance and put themselves at high risk of acidosis.
Generally an issue when kiwifruit is fed whole (although some whole fruit often escapes the mixer wagon) and when it is hard (unripe) as it can get lodged in the back of the throat or down the oesophagus. If the obstruction is complete this becomes an emergency as it can cause rapid ruminal bloating and then death.