Feeding DC X-Zel for over 7 years
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With the emphasis on the importance of dry cow management in the last few years, you'll be aware of how decisive the “close up” dry period is for the cow, determining how she'll perform for the upcoming lactation.
Close to and after calving, dry matter and energy intakes will be challenged which will leave the cow with a depressed immune status. This leaves her at a higher risk of infection and chronic inflammation. The cow will also need to produce a prompt immune response to repair the reproductive tract for her next pregnancy.
Zinpro’s Dairy Nutritionist, Dr Adam Geiger comments, “If a cow is unable to mount a rapid and robust inflammatory response, the inflammation will become chronic, continuing to drain energy and nutrients that would otherwise be used for milk production and reproduction.”
Lead Dairy Researcher at Zinpro Corporation, Dr Daryl Kleinschmit discusses further impacts, “Excessive inflammation will increase the risk of ketosis. Ketosis may also impair dry matter intake, which increases the rate of BCS loss and will have a negative impact on reproductive performance. Cows that lost 0.5 to 1 point of BCS within the first five weeks post-calving were shown to be open 16 days longer compared to cows that lost less than 0.5 BCS five weeks post-calving.”
If attention to detail is poor, then it becomes apparent that a small inflammatory problem can exacerbate a vicious cycle of continuous health issues, leading to reduced productivity and will ultimately have a significant effect on herd performance and profitability.
Management techniques that can be implemented to reduce the stress on the cow, which will be beneficial for her subsequent lactation:
From a nutritional perspective, you can give the cow a head start by feeding a top-quality mineral package containing recommended levels of high-quality performance trace minerals.
Advanced Nutrition work closely with Zinpro and we'd recommend Availa®Dairy. This is a nutritional feed ingredient for animals that contains a combination of organic zinc, manganese, copper and cobalt with unique benefits related to the structure of the minerals.
These trace minerals are required by animals for numerous functions including:
When an animal has the proper balance of trace minerals it is better able to cope with the challenging effects of stress. While also improving milk protein and milk production, additional research from Zinpro has shown decreased metabolic issues post-calving and decreased somatic cell counts when feeding Availa®Dairy.
If you'd like any further information on inflammation or Availa®Dairy, then please get in touch with the office on 015242 63139.
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