According to KFT magazine, good livestock management practices should be a priority for every farmer who wants to make a profit in dairy farming. Here are some of the tactics that farmers used to increase milk production:
1. Start cows with a successful dry period
Maintain dry matter intake at 32 pounds per day, avoid overfeeding energy, optimise comfort and address hoof health.
2. Prevent subclinical milk fever
It is caused by calcium in the blood. It correlates with ketosis, delayed, uterine involution, depressed feed intake and reduced milk yield.
3. Optimise feed intake immediately after calving
Provide 15 gallons of warm water with a drinkable drench, provide fresh total mixed ration, provide 10 pounds of alfalfa and keep the feed bunks clean.
4. Optimise cow comfort
Use stocking rate at 80% of capacity, reduce social stress, don't separate cows from normal herds mates and invest in the cooling system.
5. Maintain rumen health and prevent ruminal acidosis
Maintain fibre mat with consistent feed intake and minimise the risk of slug feeding or diet sorting.
6. Avoid anti-nutritional factors
Feed containing moulds, wild yeast and poorly fermented feeds decrease feed intake and diet digestibility.
7. Use of hormones
Recombinant bovine somatotropin hormone is injected into the cow. It forces mammary glands to produce a lot of milk.
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