Press release: Issued 22 March 2022
Plan dairy dry cow diets to cope with on-farm costs
With rising feed costs, make sure dairy cows achieve ideal body condition earlier in the dry period through correct feeding to optimise cow and calf health and milk yields.
Jimmy Goldie, Carr’s Billington’s chief technical officer explains that the company’s simple, yet effective, dry cow management programme can achieve the right balance of dry matter intake from forage and concentrate to deliver the optimum amount of energy, while also building on reserves of essential micronutrients ready for cow and calf health.
“We also focus on the liver health status during the dry cow period, as this is as important as rumen and gut health.
“The liver is where the first wave of the immune system kicks in, so if we can get the balance right here, we can help to reduce calving inflammation, providing a reservoir for increased and persistent milk production. Liver health is also linked to embryo survivability in the first three weeks after insemination,” he says.
Mr Goldie recommends providing a dry cow feed that increases the level of beneficial amino acids and antioxidants in the liver cells, while supporting fat synthesis and transportation into the milk produced.
“All the ingredients in our new and improved high-performance dry cow feed Transform-Pro™, have been designed to help promote a high-yielding and low-intervention lactation, as well as a vigorous calf,” he adds.
Transform-Pro™ has been carefully formulated by Carr’s Billington’s leading nutritionists and highly digestible undegraded protein (DUP) status from AminoMax™, combined with high starch levels and high fermentable energy. It also exclusively incorporates MecoVit®, which offers a unique combination of rumen-protected microencapsulated nutrients.
“It’s crucial that precise levels of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin D3, bioavailable Zinc, Copper, Safmannan®, selenium yeast, and anionic salts are provided to dry cows to help boost natural defences against metabolic diseases and diseases that new-born calves are most susceptible to,” concludes Mr Goldie.
To find out more about how Carr’s Billington can help optimise transition cow and calf health through their dry cow programme and recommended feeds, call 01228 518860 or visit your local store