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Cows need energy postcalving

Thu, 07/30/2015

Feeding a high forage diet alters feeding behaviors, health parameters and milk production in fresh cows.

By Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Transition cows are much like a puzzle that is missing a few pieces; we’re still working to develop the full picture. Feeding strategies are one piece of the transition cow puzzle that has evolved through years of trial and error.

“High forage diets for close-up dairy cows are gaining popularity and are perceived to provide health and production advantages,” noted Julie Huzzey, in a poster presentation at the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Scientists.

After calving, cows typically transition to a high-energy diet. While at the University of British Columbia, Huzzey and colleagues compared the effect of keeping cows on a high-forage diet for three weeks after calving versus switching cows to a conventional high-energy diet. Read more

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