Transition Cows

Fatty acid nutrition: More than bringing added calories into your diet

9/5/2018

Often when nutritionists think of fatty acid nutrition, our minds turn to fat supplements. However, the area is much broader than dairy cattle diet fat supplements and should be recognized as such.

Milkfat concentration has now become a focal point for nutritionists and farms, given the value per pound has eclipsed that of protein and, in some months, accounted for well over half the milk check.

The three nutrition management areas within the fatty acid discipline include TMR fat supplements, milkfat depression and now also milk fatty acid profile.

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Reduce Stress During the Transition Period for Big Returns

Reduce Stress During the Transition Period for Big Returns

7/18/2018

A good dry cow program can result in an additional 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of milk in the next lactation alone. Plus, producers that successfully navigate the period three weeks before and after calving can reduce treatment costs and downtime due to illness and metabolic disorders.

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Fresh Cow Nutritional Needs

Fresh Cow Nutritional Needs

3/27/2018

Fresh cows are the most vulnerable animals in your operation. Giving them a good start after calving profoundly impacts both short-term and long-term herd profits.

As they transition to lactation, nutritional requirements for fresh cows soar while their dry matter intake is low. In addition, demands on body fat and energy reserves are high. Health and metabolic issues such as retained placenta, udder edema, milk fever, displaced abomasum, ketosis and fatty liver syndrome are rampant.

These metabolic disorders can be costly and may result in lost milk production, veterinarian fees, replacement heifer costs and more.

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Focus on Prefresh During Vitamin Shortage

Focus on Prefresh During Vitamin Shortage

1/17/2018

In the past month, news has come out that vitamin A and E shortages will ring in 2018 as vitamin production was interrupted in late 2017. A plant fire in Germany and shifting production in China caused the perfect storm for dramatically rising vitamin costs that may linger into summer of 2018.

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10 Must-Dos for Transition Cows

10 Must-Dos for Transition Cows

8/29/2017

The transition period will make or break a lactation and quite possibly the entire productive life of a dairy cow. Do it right, and cows are primed for healthy, productive lactations. Do it wrong, and cows languish in the hospital pen and become early cull candidates.

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Good Dry Cow Management is the Key to Two More Lactations

Good Dry Cow Management is the Key to Two More Lactations

6/12/2017

Eighty percent of all problems arise in the transition period. Problems like milk fever, ketosis and metritis are a direct result of shortcomings in dry cow management. This is cutting cow lives short. So what can you do to take care of your preganant ladies?

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

Feeding and Managing for Transition Success

4/20/2017

Nutrition and management during both the dry and fresh periods can dictate a cow’s success or failure as she transitions into lactation and ultimately the success or failure of the entire lactation. Therefore, implementation of management practices that focus on optimization of nutrient intake and removal of stressors is critical for transition success.

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Feeding dry cows the Goldilocks Diet

Feeding Dry Cows Just Right

3/24/2017

As the cow is moving from one lactation period to the next, the bulk of a successful dry cow diet is roughly 75 percent forage. The goal is to provide enough bulk to fill the rumen without having too much energy content.

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Pre-Fresh Diets Revisited

3/22/2017

Attention to detail can have big effects in dry cow diets for the transition from the dry pen into early lactation.

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Herd - Wide Strategies For Transition Success

Herd - Wide Strategies For Transition Success

1/24/2017

With more research focusing on transition health in dairy cows, producers are realizing its critical impact on milk production, return to fertility and culling risk.

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