Recent research at the University of British Columbia shows that dairy cow feeding behavior during the early transition period is an indicator of metritis risk.1 Metritis carries significant economic consequences since each case costs dairy producers up to $354.2 This is especially concerning since metritis has an incidence rate as high as 20% in lactating cows.
|•||Decreased milk production: metritis during early lactation had an overall negative impact on milk production.|
|•||Continued low production after treatment: milk yield was suppressed the first 20 weeks of lactation, despite the fact that all sick cows received veterinary care.|
|•||Increased culling rates: the odds of being culled were 3.8 times greater for cows with metritis compared to healthy cows.|
|•||A 66% reduction in cases of endometritis seen in the treatment group (19%) when compared to the control (56%). The study also showed fewer clinical metritis cases.|
|•||Cows resuming cyclicity earlier with more ovulatory cycles by 60 DIM.|
|•||Fewer days to first service, services per conception and days open.|
Accessed April 6, 2012.
of Animal Sciences, University of Arizona; 2008.