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.

Metabolic and other transition-related disorders present significant costs for dairy farmers. In addition to costs associated with treatment, the loss of milk and subsequent reduced fertility, affected cows are more likely to be culled. Negative impacts on health and fertility create issues with longevity, which further compounds the effect on bottom line.