Dairy nutritionists believe that direct-fed microbials (DFMs) can curb some of the challenges posed by transition cows.

According to a survey conducted by Vance Publishing and The Sprocket Group, 90 percent of the dairy nutritionists who use or recommend DFMs believe the feed supplements can help enhance dry matter intake in the transition period. Ninety percent of the dairy nutritionists agree that DFMs can help with stress. And, 83 percent believe DFMs can help with metabolic disorders.

“We all know the problems producers face with transition cows,” says Larry Henry, Midwest regional sales manager for Chr. Hansen Biosystems. “Stress, dry matter intake and production levels are just a few. But, feeding transition cows DFMs may help curb those challenges.”