Nutrition

Revisiting transition cow problems and their impact

Field surveys show that more than 50 percent of cows will experience one or more metabolic or infectious disease process following calving. FULL STORY »

Wanted: High-producing, healthy fresh cows with excellent reproduction

If ever a dairy producer were to post a “wanted” poster for the ideal dairy cow, she would produce large volumes of high-quality milk, remain healthy through the most trying time of her life—the transition period—and be able to be bred back in a timely manner. However, these three factors—production, reproduction and transition—often translate to conflicting performance in the fresh pen, which has direct and defined implications on future reproductive performance. FULL STORY »

Close-up dry cow nutrition

Late gestation nutrition has a large impact on multiple aspects of the cow’s productivity after freshening, says Charles T. Estill, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACT, Oregon State University. FULL STORY »

Don’t overlook your water

Dairy producers spend a great deal of time, effort and money ensuring that dairy cow rations are fine-tuned to the “nth” degree. A few milligrams of this, a few parts per million of that, all to ensure that no stone goes unturned in the quest for the perfect ration. Unfortunately, in the process the most important nutrient of all often goes barely noticed and only lightly considered. What nutrient? Water. FULL STORY »

Dry period length, fresh cow health and postpartum fertility in dairy cows

Skimming computer records in a dairy can give us a rough idea on the reproduction outcome just by looking at some average numbers. FULL STORY »

Feed more calcium to reduce movement of phosphorus from dairy cow feces

Recommended concentrations of dietary phosphorus (P) for lactating dairy cows have been reduced in recent years in order to reduce the excretion of P in manure. FULL STORY »

Fresh cow mastitis cases can have lasting impacts

A cow’s mastitis status on day three after calving can affect milk production later in lactation. FULL STORY »

DairyNet Ask An Expert: Fresh Cows & Ketosis

Our fresh cows are getting ketosis 10 days after freshening. Also lack of appetite. At the time of freshening cows are given a tube of calcium and ketogel. Upon finding they have ketosis we drench them with PG/200cc once daily for 4 days. FULL STORY »

DairyNet Ask An Expert: Fresh Cows & Ketosis

Our fresh cows are getting ketosis 10 days after freshening. Also lack of appetite. At the time of freshening cows are given a tube of calcium and ketogel. Upon finding they have ketosis we drench them with PG/200cc once daily for 4 days. FULL STORY »

Reduce the risk of ketosis

Ketosis is an undesirable disease with a severe impact on animal performance. Use this advice to prevent ketosis. FULL STORY »

New source of fresh-cow information

FreshCowInnovationCenter.com is a comprehensive source of information for transition management and early-lactation disease. FULL STORY »

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