Nutrition

How to evaluate your fresh-cow program

If you are going to use an intensive fresh-cow program, you need to monitor your results. FULL STORY »

Low-potassium hay cuts fresh-cow disorders

Low-potassium hay is the key to a successful transition period for cows at endsley Dairy in Hastings, Mich. FULL STORY »

Warm water near fresh-cow pens

This water hydrant is located adjacent to the maternity pens at the Transition Management Facility near Baldwin, Wis. FULL STORY »

Minimize intake suppression by pre-fresh cows

For years, experts said that you needed to maximize dry-cow feed intake to prevent metabolic disorders and encourage high intakes post-calving. FULL STORY »

Keep fresh cows healthy

New research shows just exactly how much more health fresh cows eat and how much more milk they produce than cows who develop one of the common problems that tend to plague fresh cows. FULL STORY »

Nutrition strategies for transition cows

Feeding practices help head off fresh-cow disorders FULL STORY »

Minimize summer fresh-cow problems

Each summer, I find myself working with producers on the problems that occur when cows and heifers freshen during the heat and humidity that we have in south Georgia. Some fresh-cow problems are always present, but during this time of year the incidence of metritis, ketosis, displaced abomasum (DA) or cows off feed increases. To minimize problems, several areas need to be addressed. FULL STORY »

Rumen pump delivers fresh-cow solution

A 55-gallon barrel and 0.3-horsepower submersible pump is used to deliver a fresh-cow mixture to all fresh cows at Schmidt’s Ponderosa in Bonduel, Wis. FULL STORY »

Feeding strategies to tweak fresh-cow intake

Use these techniques to promote optimum dry matter intake during the first three weeks after calving. FULL STORY »

Fresh-cow problems steal profits

In the first 30 days of lactation, fresh-cow disorders cost you $383 per 100 cows in lost milk production alone. FULL STORY »

Fresh cow feed intake goals

Dry matter intake should peak about eight to 10 weeks after calving, says Bill Weiss, dairy nutritionist at Ohio State University. If peak dry matter intake is delayed, it impacts milk production and reproductive performance. FULL STORY »

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