Reducing metabolic disorder for better productivity and sustainability on dairy farms
High producing dairy cows are constantly exposed to metabolic, environmental, and nutritional challenges induced by calving, high production, diet changes, and global warming. Producing large quantities of milk requires cows to absorb a high energy intake. However, during periods of stress, such as calving, heat stress, and a disease challenge, cows suffer depressed feed intake capacity and are unable to meet their energy requirements. They experience a negative energy balance leading to metabolic disorders, known as ketosis.
Paying special attention to critical periods, such as transition and heat stress, is essential to achieve optimal productivity, fertility, and longevity in dairy cows.