Feeding Strategies; Transition Cows

Maximizing Feed Intake: Key for Transition Cow Success

Maximizing Feed Intake: Key for Transition Cow Success

11/13/2019

The transition period, known as the three weeks before and after parturition, is one of the most challenging times for dairy cows, since they face numerous physiological challenges such as increased energy demands, decreased dry matter intake and impaired immune system, among others. These challenges make cows highly susceptible to metabolic (e.g., hypocalcemia and ketosis) and infectious (e.g., metritis) diseases. Ketosis and hypocalcemia are prevalent metabolic diseases affecting dairy cattle that are known as “gateway” diseases, because they increase the risk of other diseases and losses by affecting cow dry matter intake and impairing immune system functions. Therefore, efforts in transition cow management should be primarily aimed at preventing and monitoring these two conditions.

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Are You Keeping A Close Eye To Your Transition Cows?

Are You Keeping A Close Eye To Your Transition Cows?

11/13/2017

The transition period for dairy cows is characterized by a number of metabolic changes and management practices that impact health and productivity. Monitoring strategies minimize negative effects.

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Prefresh feeding programs

10 Best Management Practices for Prefresh Feeding Programs

4/26/2017

It’s important to prioritize her nutritional and management needs during the transition period before and after calving. An effective prefresh management and feeding program can help lead to high dry matter intake (DMI) and excellent health after calving for optimal milk and component production.

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