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Managing high-straw dry cow diets

Progressive Dairy - October 13, 2022 by Trevor DeVries

The transition period from the dry period to lactation is a vulnerable time for the dairy cow because she experiences several physiological, metabolic and behavioural challenges. Dry matter intake (DMI) typically decreases prior to calving, and the subsequent increase in nutrient demand with lactation puts cows into a state of negative energy balance (NEB). This state of NEB is inevitable; however, the degree to which the cow will experience NEB will influence her risk of experiencing metabolic disease and will ultimately dictate her success through the transition period.

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