Cows that spend less time at the feed bunk before calving may be telling you they are at risk for developing metritis after they calve, according the University of British Columbia research.

The study revealed these findings:

  • During the first three weeks after calving, 69 percent of the cows showed some signs of metritis.
  • These cows spent on average 22 fewer minutes per day at the bunk during the transition period —beginning two weeks before and ending three weeks after calving — than healthy cows.
  • For every 10-minute decrease in average daily feeding time prior to calving, cows were twice as likely to be diagnosed with metritis after they freshened.