Feeding and Managing for Transition Success

Nobis Agri's Nutritionists know the keys to tranistion success.

Often there are challenges to achieving transition success. They are usually in the form of nutritional, social, and environmental stressors. One thing we need to keep in mind is that the best formulated diet during either the dry or fresh period can’t overcome suboptimal management practices. Attention should be given to implementing management practices that allow access to good quality feed while minimizing social and environmental stressors and promoting cow comfort.

Well-run dairies have reduced the risk and occurrence of many health problems by feeding diets that better meet the needs of the cow and by improving management deficiencies. To minimize the risk of those health problems use integrated nutritional strategies that focus on supporting energy, protein, and mineral metabolism along with rumen function and immune response. There is no “one size fi ts all” dry or fresh diet since different approaches are dictated by the dairy’s management philosophy and ability, feed availability and quality, and facility layout in regards to grouping cows. However, there are some common themes. Diets should be formulated in the context of one another to ensure a smooth change from the dry to lactation periods.

To read the full article on how to successfully transition cows, click here or talk with your Nobis Agri Science Nutritionist.

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