C.A.H.L.

CAHL Ltd.
Tullow
Co. Carlow
Ireland

Tel:
+353 (0) 59 915 1251
Fax:
+353 (0) 59 915 1856
Mail:
cgibson@cahl.ie

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Nutribio

Nutribio Ltd.
Tivoli Industrial Estate
Cork
Ireland

Tel:
+353 (0) 214 507 303
Fax:
+353 (0) 214 507 152
Mail:
orders@nutribio.ie

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Spring 2019 – On Farm Issues

Calving is in full swing at present and the two issues standing out are clinical milk fever and ketosis.

Milk Fever:

With clinical milk fever occurring sub-clinical is then a major underlying issue that can lead to other metabolic disorders milk fever is known as the ‘Gateway Disease’. This is addressed on two fronts

  1. Dry cow management, magnesium supplementation critical and vitamin D3. Jersey cross cows are very prone to milk fever.
  2. Post calving ensuring adequate calcium is being fed from day 1 this needs to be at a minimum level of 0.85% per kg DM in the total diet. Feeding a compound at 4 to 5 Kg per cow per day will not deliver this.

Ketosis

Our team has started seeing cases of ketosis in the last week. This is indicative of negative energy balance (NEB) and can be calculated by dividing the milk fat% by the milk protein%.

Currently in the media, ratios of 1.41:1 to 1.49:1 can be calculated from milk compositions stated. Ideally this should be between 1.20:1 to 1.25:1. The forage concentrate ratio controls the BCS, a milk ratio > 1.25:1 is indicative of cows being under supplemented for the stage of lactation. This impacts on peak milk yield and total milk solids that can be achieved along with impacting on fertility.

 

Contact CAHL on 059 9151251 if you would like any advice on these issues or require further info on our product solutions.