Ideal time to review calving

NOW is a good time for dairy farmers to review how well they prepared their spring-calving cows in for the new lactation.

Industry body Dairy Australia says it has released three simple tools to help with this review.

The three weeks before calving is the time to get springers ready for lactation and mating. Getting their nutrition right is the key to getting more cows in calf, sooner; having fewer health problems at calving and setting up for a highly productive lactation.

Dairy Australia’s Grains2Milk and InCalf programs have developed three new resources to help farmers better manage their transition program: a review worksheet, a tally sheet for animal health problems and a milk fever risk assessment tool.

The review worksheet helps farmers assess how well the transition program performed, and what changes need to be made for the future.

The tally sheet allows farmers to record each cow health problem encountered, week by week, during the calving period. The levels of each problem (such as milk fever, assisted calvings and retained placenta) can be easily tallied up for the herd and compared to the recommended targets for each.

The transition diet milk fever risk calculator makes it easy to calculate the energy, protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and DCAD levels of a pre-calving transition diet and assess its risk for milk fever. The diet can then be adjusted as necessary.

These new resources, as well as the ‘Springers: repro ready’ handout and checklist for transition cow management, are available on the web and will be distributed to advisers and farmers who participate in upcoming Transition Cow Management workshops run by Grains2Milk and InCalf’s for advisers and farmers.

For more information contact Steve Little 0400 004 841 email [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛.

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