Nutrition is a key driver of reproductive success. A sound nutrition program helps promote a healthy uterus during and after calving and enables cows to perform at their best, says Joel Pankowski, manager, field technical services with Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition.

A proactive nutrition approach, including addition of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids in pre- and postpartum diets, is one tool to promote uterine health and greater immune function, Pankowski says.

In addition, make the following transition management strategies a priority:

• Keep pen moves to a minimum and avoid overcrowding.

• Watch dry matter intakes, as diseases like metritis increase as intakes drop.

• Record major health incidents. Detect and treat problems early; prevention is best.

• Screen cows appropriately and set a herd baseline to monitor when disease incidence gets out of line.

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