Management during the transition period has a substantial impact on subsequent dairy cow performance and getting it wrong can result in a myriad of problems.
It is reported that 25% of dairy cows culled over the year, leave the herd during the first 60 days of lactation. Most occur around calving and are often the result of issues with dry period management relating to nutrition, as well as cow comfort. These common disorders do not stand alone and often occur together. The main disorders are: Ketosis and fatty liver, hypocalcaemia and milk fever, retained placenta, metritis, displaced abomasum and mastitis.