Balanced diet prior to calving could help increase milk yield - Cowsmo

Balanced diet prior to calving could help increase milk yield

Separating pre-partum cows and specifically managing their diets could help dairy farmers increase milk yield, a meeting at Warrnambool was told last week.

US vet and consulting nutritionist Bob Corbett spoke about the importance of a healthy immune system in dairy cows.

He suggested Australian dairy farmers could remove cows from pasture for three weeks before calving and feed them a balanced diet to limit health issues such as milk fever, subclinical hypocalcaemia, mastitis and retained placenta during lactation.

Dr Corbett said this had been successfully trialled in Chili with pasture-based operations.

“The pre-partum cows at least three weeks prior to calving were moved back onto a carrel, built specifically for them with more than adequate deep bunk space,” he said.

This resulted in dry matter intake post-calving increasing as well as milk production, and fewer issues with metabolic and infectious diseases, he said.

 

Source The Weekly Times

 

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