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Dry cow nutrition key to cow health
Taking steps to improve dry cow nutrition can significantly reduce incidences of metabolic disease within the herd, improving overall efficiency and profitability if the results of a trial comparing metabolic disease incidence rates in cows fed a conventional dry cow diet, against cows fed a high-fibre KEENAN MechFiber mix are anything to go by.
Based on a reduction in health issues around calving, findings from the trial indicate that an average 148-head milking herd could expect to achieve a financial benefit in excess of £11,000/year.
According to Chris Lord, UK InTouch manager for Alltech, dry cow management is often led to chance and can prove costly. Instead, he said producers should focus on delivering a consistent ration with optimum structure during the dry period.
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