When a dry cow transitions to being a lactating cow, her energy requirements are similar to that
of a human running two marathons a day. Because of this, the transition period from calving
to lactating is critical due to the physiological and endocrinal challenges to homeostasis these
cows face. The sudden demand in milk production can cause significant metabolic stress that
must be managed and the cow must be prepared.
Transitioning Dairy Cows into
By HEATHER TUCKER* *Dr. Heather Tucker is a research scientist, ruminant nutrition, with Novus International. INFERTILITY and lameness are critical challenges that dairy producers and veterinarians must deal with on a daily basis. Both issues can result in serious economic losses for producers due to decreased milk yield, reduced fertility and increased treatment costs and culling rates.
Keeping high level producing cows in the herd longer returns profit to the producer.
Keeping cows free of mastitis and performing at their potential keeps producers making money.