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Displaced Abomasum: Managing the Transition Period of the Modern Dairy Cow
As already indicated in our previous blog, low blood calcium levels affect ruminal function, with associated effects on rumen and abomasum…
Managing the Transition Period of the Modern Dairy Cow
The importance of steaming up the late gestation cow in preparation for the next lactation has been recognised for several decades. With increasing…
How Can I Use My Own Cereals To Feed My Cows?
Harvest is coming and a lot of farmers are thinking to use whole cereals to feed their ruminant with the aim of decreasing overall food costs.
Grass Intake
Potential intake is determined by the bodyweight of the cow as well as actual level of milk production whilst feed constraints include herbage…
Grass Production and Feed Efficiency
Assessing dry matter intakes is a key element for success. Measuring milk production, knowing how much cows are consuming in dry matter terms and…
The Role of Grass in Modern Milk Production
The role of grass in modern milk production The ruminant has a unique ability to thrive on a multitude of diets, ranging from 100% grass and…
Does Milk Composition Matter and Can It Be Improved?
Increasingly, the levels of protein and fat in milk are being recognised as major determinants of milk price and many dairy farmers are becoming…
Dairy Herd Fertility
Unless extended lactations are being considered, dairy cows should rebreed every 12 months. Given an average lactation length of 305 days, this…
The Importance of Water for Dairy Herds
Did you know that water has the biggest feed intake among all feed sources? Yet, most of the time it is neglected.