As Ben Franklin once said “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” and we couldn’t agree more.
Every lactation cycle starts with calving or "freshening" and the associated challenges impact every part of the dairy operation. Every freshening leaves cows nutritionally deprived and in a state of energy imbalance that requires them to draw nutrients and energy from body reserves to make up the difference. Without help, most cows will recover more slowly from calving resulting in increased health issues, decreased milk production, and lower conception rate.
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This excess nerve capacity goes directly into the part of the brain that drives activity. More signals to the activity center of the brain increases physical activity. With feed and water readily available the cows actively eat and drink more when they get up. By programming these signals to happen when your cows most need to replenish their nutritional and energy stores we are able to help your cows adopt the behaviors that will make them more healthy and productive.
As the calf grows in size it forces the mother's digestive capacity to make room. This 30% reduction in digestive capacity at freshening is the apex issue; one that starts a chain reaction to subsequent issues that may be more visible. The earlier apex issues are addressed the less impact follow on issues will have. By getting cows to eat more we help them involute their rumens back to normal faster, thereby limiting the affects of the Apex issue.
As the body's most powerful recovery and defense mechanism, the cow's Immune System should be empowered with the as much nutritious fuel as possible. By increasing the intake of nutrients, early stage subclinical issues can be handled naturally, well before any clinical diagnosis or prescription are required. Increased consumption also lessens the conversion of fat and muscle that lead to metabolic issues like Ketosis. By solving these health issues that would normally add drag on the animals feed conversion rate we not only make the cows more healthy, but efficient and profitable.
The math is quite simple. More raw materials and less drag help our milk factories quickly kick into overdrive. Days to Peak Milk and Peak Milk Weight are both functions of this new paradigm of increased consumption and conversion rate efficiency. Solving health issues early also lessens the frequency and severity of health issues later in lactation that may cause dips in Sustained Milk. Earlier and higher highs followed by fewer or shallower dips in later production have a big impact on full lactation milk numbers.
With nutrients and energy prioritized for body maintenance, recovery, growth, and milk production before reproduction it helps when cows are eating more than previous lactations. Cows simply have more energy and nutrients at their disposal when it comes time to cycle again. Heat detection and first service conception rates become easier to accomplish when cows are healthy and well nourished.