Tag Archives: Calving

July 7, 2020

The Scientists Corner: Rumen epithelium inflammation in transition

The transition around calving is a critical time for the dairy cow with major dietary, metabolic, and physiological changes. In particular, the transition from a high-fiber to a high carbohydrate diet (or vice versa in the case of cows wintered on fodder beet) represents important challenges for rumen microbiota and, thus, rumen health with a [...]
Dairy
July 7, 2020

Attention to Detail and Observation key to Profitable Calf Rearing

Nutritech Area Managers were delighted to have the opportunity to listen to Karen Fraser (formerly of Rakaia Island) and now NRM’s Calf & Nutrition Specialist give her opinions on practical calf rearing during the lockdown. Here are some of her take home tips: Good calf rearing starts with mum, at mating, then dry off and [...]
Calf
August 1, 2016

Early Lactation

Previous articles have emphasised the importance of good feeding and management during the transition period around calving, so early lactation management should build on a good transition foundation.  Early lactation is a stressful time for dairy cows, as they recover from calving, rapidly increase milk production while losing body condition, and prepare for the next [...]
Dairy, Publications
June 1, 2016

Benefits of Good Transition

The risks of disease and metabolic issues are greatest during the transition period (3-4 weeks either side of calving), which is dominated by a series of adaptations as cows move from pregnancy to lactation.  As much as 80% of all health issues related to this period. Establishing successful lactations requires an integrated transition management and [...]
Dairy, Publications
May 1, 2016

Rearing More Productive Heifers

It has been demonstrated that better grown calves and heifers have higher first lactation and lifetime production than less well grown ones.  What is less certain is the extent to which the benefits of early rumen development remain through to and after calving, with heifers reared off farm. This was tested in an on farm [...]
Dairy, Publications
May 1, 2016

Rearing More Productive Heifers – Trial Review

Rearing calves well has long been recognised as important in the development of productive heifer replacements.  This concept has been extended more recently to studying the benefits of early rumen development on subsequent growth and milk production. Agrifeeds/Agritrade have promoted an early rumen development feeding programme using an extruded pre-starter feed RumenX®, and have conducted [...]
Dairy, Publications
April 1, 2016

Managing Cows During the Dry Period

Last month’s article focussed on feeding cows to achieve calving body condition targets prior to drying off.  This month’s article covers feeding and management during the dry period prior to the transition to calving. Most dry cows are wintered on pasture or crops off the milking platform, with the aim to maintain or gain condition [...]
Dairy, Publications
January 1, 2016

Maintaining Pregnancy

Local trials have demonstrated early embryonic loss is the major cause of empty cows, being a financial drain on farming businesses, through higher replacement costs and lost production.  The forecast intense El Niño may lead to higher than usual empty rates this year, if farmers do not ensure they provide sufficient high quality feed during [...]
Calf, Dairy, Publications
June 1, 2015

Colostrum Quantity & Quantity on Replacement Performance

Recent research has demonstrated how plane of nutrition and diet during pregnancy can affect colostrum production, milk yield and calf health.  Feeding cows to match energy, protein, mineral and vitamin requirements during pregnancy, supports production of colostrum and milk components, essential for the health and development of newborn and growing calves. Research in both cattle [...]
Calf, Publications
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