The weeks before and after calving are nature’s window for optimising production and profitability. That’s when you can derive maximum benefit from a considered nutrition strategy.
As one of the most common metabolic disorders seen on modern dairy farms, ketosis is a major source of frustration, not to mention costs, for New Zealand farmers. While it can be treated, it's better to prevent it in the first place. The right feed management has everything to do with it.
Fodder beet is increasingly popular as a winter feed for dairy cows. However, it does have some nutritional constraints, including a low phosphorus content, low fibre level (<20%) and less than optimal protein content (13%). It does have a high sugar content, which makes it very palatable.
In the three weeks before and after calving, the dairy cow undergoes profound physiological changes. Give her the right nutritional support during that time, and her metabolism will deliver ample rewards well beyond calving, throughout the following lactation.