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Transition Feeding Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Management Practices before Calving Help Prevent Fresh Dairy Cows from Becoming "Losers"

Successfully transitioning dairy cows back into the milking herd after the dry period is one of the most important pillars associated with well-performing and profitable dairy herds. The success of these nutrition and management programs directly relates to the reproductive performance, milk production, and health of cows during this next lactation.

Transition Feeding Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Dry Cows Management: Nutrition and Management Tips to make the next Lactation Profitable

Lactation begins at dry off" should be the focus when it comes to dry cows management. In most herds, dry cows are no longer the "forgotten" group who receive the low quality feed not suitable for the milking herd. However, considerable variability remains in the range of dry cow diets fed to cows because feeding dry cows continues to be a farm-specific program. There are goals that need to be achieved and pitfalls that need to be avoided when caring for the dry cow group.

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Transition Feeding Wednesday, 02 March 2011

Dry Period Bunk Space & Economic Returns

Numerous publications highlight the importance of the transition period in milk production and disease risk. During the last 3 weeks of the dry period and the first 3 weeks of lactation, dairy cows experience challenges with feed intake, an increased risk of metabolic disease such as ketosis and milk fever, and an increased risk of infectious disease such as metritis and mastitis

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