As the mercury rises, so does the potential for heat stress in dairy cows, along with associated production losses and health issues. However, with good management and a focused nutrition programme you’re giving your herd the best chance to put in a sterling summer performance.
Dairy cows deliver the most for your business when they are at peak lactation, so keeping them at this level for as long as possible makes good economic sense. While some decline is inevitable, most of the fall-off in production we see usually comes from issues related to feed quality and quantity. Understanding what drives this fall in lactation yield is the first step to reversing the productivity slump.