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Managing the periparturient cow (Farmer Factsheet)

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, XLVets , Temple Grandin

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  • The time immediately around calving (periparturient period) is the most critical part of a cow's year for many health and production reasons:
    • Higher yielding dairy cows are very susceptible to nutritional deficits at this time due to the metabolic changes that happen to the body as cows change from dry to lactating.
    • During this period we need to try to minimise nutritional deficits, particularly in relation to dry matter intakes (DMI’s) and energy and mineral balance.
    • Cows have reduced feed intakes at calving and their immune system is depressed.
      • This makes the cow very vulnerable to periparturient disease. 
      • Any illness suffered now will have a negative impact on the following lactation and productivity.
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