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The impact of lush aftergrass on body condition score on dairy cows.

On a farm visit today in  county Cork with a dairy herd of 60 cows.  Body condition score of cows was extremely poor and in addition the cows were extremely loose with a high passage rate of faeces.  The farmer agreed with me that this was the case for the past 3 weeks when the cows went back out on grass from silage harvested previously.  This type of aftergrass with a high uptake of  nutrients after a dry period in May-June.  In this situation, more fibre is needed in the diet to reduce passage rates.

Dr Dan Ryan

www.cows365.com

 

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