AF-14267 Transition towards a longer lifespan (BO-22.04-013-001)

Project: LNV project

Project Details


Transition disease
is still the most common problem in dairy herd management and is directly
related to a sequel of problems increasing the risk for early culling and
decreased dairy cow lifespan. A lot of ideas, management systems and supplements
have been proposed and have improved dairy management at herd level, but
the holy grail of perfect transitioning has not been found since specific
interventions at cow level have been minimally assessed. Despite the
perfect management, farmers still have to deal with a lot of variability on a
daily basis (e.g. differences in silage quality, weather situation, cow
numbers, shifts in calving patterns etc.). As a result, even under
“perfect” management circumstances, there will always be some cows that
are at risk of having difficulties in transitioning. Integration of the
current knowledge and combining it with individual cow characteristics
is necessary to move dairy cow health and longevity forward (Van Knegsel
et al., 2014).

Effective start/end date1/01/1531/12/17


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