Transition Cow

Browsing articles from "May, 2014"

Transition Improvement Perspectives

Posted by Dr. Ric Grummer, Ph.D.
Following the PDPW Transition Cow sessions, we interviewed Ric Grummer, Ruminant Technical Director with Balchem Animal Nutrition & Health, for his view on the needs of the post-fresh transition cow.
 

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Mineral Problems Facing the Fresh Cow

Posted by Dr. Ric Grummer, Ph.D.
Written by one of the gurus of transition cow mineral research, this article provides a nice condensed review of mineral metabolism and nutrition. As a bonus, recipes for drenching transition cows are provided. Read "Mineral Problems Facing the Fresh Cow" by Jesse Goff.

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Transition Management Checklist

Posted by Dr. Ric Grummer, Ph.D.
It is difficult to find comprehensive reviews on transition cow management. This article does an excellent job of condensing important management information into a comprehensive checklist for farm managers and advisers. Read "Transition Management Checklist" by M. W. Overton, DVM, MPVM.

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Managing and Monitoring Energy Metabolism of the Transition Cow

Posted by Dr. Ric Grummer, Ph.D.
The importance of feed intake in supporting a successful transition period is reviewed as are the physiology of intake regulation and how diet can influence feed intake. Herd level diagnostic tools that can be used to assess energy status are a highlight of this article. Read "Managing and Monitoring Energy Metabolism in the Transition Cow" by Thomas R. Overton.

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Inflammation in the Transition Dairy Cow

Posted by Dr. Ric Grummer, Ph.D.
An excellent discussion of the role of inflammation in disease and metabolism during the transition period. This article explores means to modify inflammation including nutritional strategies.  Read "Inflammation in the transition dairy cow" by Barry J. Bradford and Kai Yuan.

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Controlling Energy Metabolism Through the Use of Feed Additives

Posted by Dr. Ric Grummer, Ph.D.
Ketosis and fatty liver are metabolic diseases common to the transition cow. This article includes a discussion of the pros and cons of various dietary supplements available for minimizing these disorders. Read "Controlling Energy Metabolism Through Additives" by R. R. Grummer.

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Protein Metabolism Of The Transition Cow

Posted by Dr. Ric Grummer, Ph.D.
The ABCs of protein nutrition of the transition cow are discussed including the tremendous deficit in metabolizable protein that cows experience in early lactation. There is a nice summary of existing literature pertaining to feeding protein to transition cows and recommendations are provided. Read "Protein Metabolism Of The Transition Cow" by T. R. Overton and W. S. Burhans.

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Cool Those Dry Cows to Optimize Transition Performance and Health

Posted by Geoffrey Dahl, Ph.D.
When it comes to cooling cows our focus is typically on the milking herd. But recent research shows that the benefits of cooling your dry cows extend beyond just her pending lactation. Geoffrey Dahl, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville explains that the benefits could extend to milk production of the calf she’s carrying, as well. Listen to an Interview with Dr. Geoffrey Dahl.
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