This summer, Novus put in the next generation of tank telemetry at mills that include enhanced features. Our systems manager, Dr. Johnny Wilson, takes us through what makes Novus unique:
The C.O.W.S. program has been successful in working with dairy producers and their teams to unlock bottlenecks in their operations.
The program is provided by Novus International and was developed in collaboration with Dan Weary and Marina Von Keyserlingk from the University of British Columbia. It started in 2010 with the assistance of two graduate students from the University of British Columbia visiting and collecting data from mature, high-production Holstein pens from 200 dairy farms in the U.S.
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.
A dairy cow’s gut has a big job to do, and there are lots of moving parts. When thinking about the gut, the focus has typically been on nutrient digestion and adsorption. However, the gut plays other critical roles related to the communication it facilitates between microbes inhabiting the gastrointestinal tract and the regulation of foreign compounds trying to cross the gut barrier.
Keeping cows free of disease and hidden ailments keeps them producing at optimal levels.
Solutions that offer multiple benefits can save a producer money.