Science & Solutions No. 57 - Ruminants

Are you ready to switch to summer management?

For the majority of people, summer means going on holiday, resting from work and spending time with family and friends.

For dairy farmers, summer is a challenging time with intensification of fieldwork and helping animals overcome the problems associated with heat stress. All farm staff –including the nutritionist, veterinarian and agronomist– are on high alert to manage potential problems. In summer, high performing animals require more attention.
Over the past two decades, intensive genetic selection to enhance efficiency and milk production has resulted in high-performing dairy cows that require a lot of attention. This is even more necessary with increasing environmental temperatures, often coupled with higher humidity levels. It is important to avoid mistakes like animal sorting, improper feeding or lack of ventilation. We know that mistakes made in the summer have long-lasting, costly consequences on the health status and performance of animals. The first article in this issue of Science & Solutions offers suggestions on how to support your high-performing herd using proper nutrition.
As summer is also a very intensive time for agronomists, this issue will review a number of challenges faced when growing corn for silage in different geographical regions together with some success factors.
You will also learn why it is so important to properly preserve harvested forage material with the use of the unique bacteria strain L. kefiri in Biostabil® Mays from BIOMIN.
Finally, Paige Gott gives a short overview of the factors influencing mastitis, which are often related to an increase in environmental temperatures. She offers some practical advice on how to prevent this costly disease.

All of the topics were prepared especially for you so please enjoy reading this issue of Science & Solutions, keeping you naturally informed.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Science & Solutions No. 57 - RuminantsShould We Trust Our Feed To Deliver Dairy Cow Performance?
Rising demand for milk and milk products is putting increasing pressure on each individual animal in the dairy herd. Technological and genetic advances have raised potential milk yields, but does our feed help or hinder performance?

Get More Out of Your Corn Silage with BioStabil® Mays
Corn silage is successfully grown around the world in most climates, but timely harvesting and correct ensiling procedures are required to ensure the highest quality is achieved. Adding BioStabil® Mays to harvested material will ensure protection against a wide range of pathogens, maintaining forage quality and delivering animal performance.

What Is Wrong With My Herd? Part 7 – Mycotoxins and Mastitis
Mastitis, a costly disease affecting the dairy industry worldwide, is a complex disease with many factors influencing its occurrence. Mycotoxins can increase the risk of mastitis and negatively impact milk production and milk quality.

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