How to reduce metabolic disorders in transition cows

How to reduce metabolic disorders in transition cows

The transition period is by far the most physiologically demanding time in the production cycle as animals have to cope with a variety of physiological, environmental and management-associated stress. (Costa007 | Dreamstime.com)

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.

Read the full article at: Feed Strategy | July 2020