Dry dairy cows in a straw yard feeding on silage.© Tim Scrivener
Energy deficits in lactating cows are often only identified once milk volume drops or noticeable changes in body condition are seen. Yet, milk records can be an untapped source of insight into the nutritional requirements of dairy cows, particularly during the first few weeks of lactation. Producers are therefore being encouraged to utilise milk lactose levels to help predict negative energy balance, manage nutrition and optimise performance. Dairy cows have varying nutritional requirements throughout lactation, but, undoubtedly, they are at […]