The transition period 3 weeks before and after calving is a critical time in monitoring a cows health as this the period when a cow becomes most susceptible to disease. Herd management during this period is looking at reducing post calving disorders therefore early illness detection, early intervention as well as monitoring the effectiveness of treatment is critical. The three key areas of focus during this period are:
“With not being in contact with my dry cows every day I had the peace of mind that HerdInsights was monitoring my dry stock, catching sick cows when dry and after calving” – John Herlihy, 80 health monitors
The postpartum period of the dairy cow determines productive and reproductive responses during lactation and is therefore, a pivotal time in the production cycle of the cow.
30 - 50% of dairy cows are affected by some form of metabolic or infections disease around the time of calving. Early detection of cows which have health problems is an important goal, as all the available evidence shows that health and fertility are closely linked, with health problems precipitating widespread and often severe fertility problems which frequently follow on from each other in a vicious circle.
The transition period imposes a number of changes within the cow and as a result the stress levels of the cow are increased therefore the focus needs to be on detecting metabolic disorders such as: retained placentas, ketosis, metritis and displaced abomasums (DA).
DRY COW MANAGMENT
The dry period includes the time between halting of milk removal (milk stasis) and the subsequent calving. Generally, 45 to 50 days is recommended. If less than 40 days, then milk yield in the next lactation will be decreased. [see Swanson 1965; Coppock et al. 1974; Dias and Allaire, 1982.].
Dairy cows in the dry period are offered mineral and vitamin mixes in order to prevent issues associated with deficiency in both the cow and the calf. Some of these issues include retained foetal membranes (RFM), lazy calving, calving difficulty (dystocia), milk fever, calf death poor calf health, and other metabolic disorders.
How can HerdInsights help?
Maintain accurate drying off and calving dates
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