Ruminant Transition Management in Dairy Farming

Every stage of a ruminant’s life cycle is different to the next. Each stage demands unique energy output and dietary supplementation in order to maximise profitability. In dairy farming, the transition period is extremely important in determining future health, milk production, and reproductive success of the dairy cow. The three weeks before and the three weeks after calving (when a cow transitions from the dry period to the milking herd) is when a dairy cow is at their most vulnerable. Her metabolic needs increase dramatically, and how she copes with this energy-demanding transition period will impact how well she performs during the rest of her lactation.

A good transition management programme, like Kemin’s is crucial for a successful diary operation.

Eliminating metabolic and reproductive disorders during the transition period

Cows that fail to transition successfully into lactation are vulnerable to a number of problems that occur after calving. The fundamental metabolic and reproductive disorders during the transition period are divided into three principle categories.

 

Metabolic and reproductive disorders in dairy cows

  1. Disorders related to energy metabolism (ketosis, fatty liver, acidosis and displaced abomasum)
  2. Disorders related to mineral metabolism (milk fever, hypomagnesemia, lameness & udder edema)
  3. Problems related to the immune system (mastitis, metritis/ endometritis and retention of fetal membrane)

Solutions to solve metabolic and reproductive disorders in dairy cows

Discovering answers to the issues confronted by dairy farmers and nutritionists has been one of the goals of Kemin scientists. Balancing pre-calving diets for cation and anion balance (DCAB) and optimising liver health during the transition phase can significantly reduce the metabolic disorders mentioned above.

The Kemin Transition Management Programme provides the tools to balance the DCAB in pre-calving diets and the solutions for optimising liver health during the transition period in order to help maximise the efficiency and profitability on the farm.

Kemin offers CholiPEARL™ and NutriCAB™ Dry as the answer to successfully manage the transition period of ruminants and to solve metabolic and reproductive disorders in dairy cows.

How it works

Take a closer look at our proprietary GEM and MicroPEARLS® technologies by watching the following video: