TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2013
2. Autumn calving cows need to be housed now and managed on their winter diets. Transition management of these cows on grazed grass has resulted in many metabolic problems.
3. Ensure you have completed silage analysis for diet formulation of freshly calved cows and dry cows for spring calving.
4. Mineral supplementation essential for the dry cow transition period.
5. Scanning freshly calved cows at 14 to 22 days calved gives the best return on investment. This is a biomarker of herd health management during the transition period. This enables an early warning system for transition care of the dairy herd. 80% of herd health problems arise during the transition period.
6. Ensure diseases such as lameness, liver fluke, stomach fluke, and IBR are addressed prior to the transition phase.