Smooth transitions

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Smooth transitions


Mon, 09/12/2016

A survey of Iowa dairy farmers revealed their efforts to enhance fresh cow care.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

transition cowThe transition period is fittingly named, as a dairy cow goes through a flood of transitions the 60 days precalving to 30 days postcalving.

This time period can be one of pride or one of frustration, as it has the potential to make or break a whole lactation. To evaluate fresh cow programs on dairy farms, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach conducted a transition cow survey. A total of 25 dairy farmers responded with an average herd size of 395 milking cows and 60 dry cows. Rolling herd averages ranged from 20,000 to more than 28,000 pounds of milk.

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