The first nutritional intervention in dairy cows should be a transition program. The transition process involves the cow changing from an animal that produces little or no milk (containing fat, carbohydrate, protein, vitamins & minerals) to one that expels huge levels of these products. To do this we must allow the cow to consume a healthy diet so she can transition easily herself.
Pasture is not always healthy for transitioning cows; mainly because it is too high in cations (potassium, ammonium, sodium) that can cause calcium deficiency and oedema.
To allow for an effective transition we must do three things:
- Adjust the rumen to the milking diet. This reduces the risk of ketosis, acidosis and displaced abomasum.
- Provide adequate antioxidants to develop immunity. This reduces the risk of mastitis and retained placentas.
- Allow the cow to have enough available calcium to reduce the risk of milk fever. This becomes even more important because a cow with milk fever is more susceptible to 1. And 2. Above.
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