Managing and monitoring fresh cows for improved reproductive success

 Resize text         Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article

The transition period is a critical time with lasting effects on the dairy cow’s reproductive performance. If proper management is not implemented, high reproductive efficiency cannot be obtained and success of the dairy operation is sacrificed, shared Dr. Michael Overton at the 2010 DCRC Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. Cows that experience challenges during the transition period have more difficulty becoming pregnant due to several factors, including a decline in dry matter intake (DMI) as well as various environmental, social and nutrition-related challenges.

Dr. Overton stressed the importance of proper management during all phases of the transition period. Appropriate management and monitoring of the far-off dry cows, close-up dry cows and fresh cows were all discussed, providing recommendations to dairy operations during this critical time. Specifically, the proper ways of handling transition cows relative to total days dry, nutritional requirements, DMI, housing and cow comfort were all explained. Although more attention is typically focused toward time closer to calving, increasing evidence supports that many transition period problems often originate during the far-off dry period.

Access the meeting proceedings.

 



Comments (0) Leave a comment 

Name
e-Mail (required)
Location

Comment:

characters left


Grand L60 Series

Kubota’s Grand L60 Series combines a higher level of luxury with outstanding productivity never before seen in this class of ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

)
Feedback Form
Leads to Insight