According to Big Cow magazine, augmenting cow's milk production is a prerequisite for improving the productivity of dairy farms. A close analysis of production performance can help to identify the nutritional levers that need to be activated. Rearing conditions and herd management have a direct impact on the amount of milk produced per cow per day. Here are some of the ways to increase milk production:-
A dairy cow should be feed on dry matter like hay or silage and not green or fresh grass. It is not just feeding them, it is about amount you feed and how you fed. You must include protein because it help microorganisms in the stomach to convert rough roughage into nutrients. Amount of feed depend the weight of cow, temperature, and level of activity subjected.
2. Ensure an Appropriate Long Dry Period
Mammary glands require non-lactating period before giving birth so that fresh udder tissues is formed ahead of lactation. You should halt milking 45 to 50 days before delivery of the calf.
3. Optimise Comfort
Stressed cow will not produce as much milk as a comfortable cow. It should lie down comfortably at least 12 times a day. It allow more blood to flow to mammary glands thus supplying it with enough nutrients for milk formation.
4. Control the Temperature
High and low temperature will cause your cow to become stressed very quickly. Provide shade for your cows during summer and winter days.
5. Reduce Inflammation After Birth
Inflammation of udder decreases milk pproduction.It cause high pressure in mammary glands hence cow will halt production of milk.
6. Partially Wean the Calf and Milk Twice a Day
To ensure maximum amount of milk for yourself and health of the calf, the best thing is to partially wean it. Keeping the calf around the cow will make the cow to produce more milk.
7. One Calve Every Year
You should make insemination at the appropriate time and tract the pregnancy process correctly. This would ensure continuous production of milk.
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