If your area is affected, you should take a look at the feeding settings of your farms to make sure the cow is able to satisfy her feed needs. While visiting a farm, it is advised to address this issue to make sure the farmer adjusts his or hers feeding management to this dry period. This could be, depending on the ration on the feed fence, to increase the concentrates intake in the Astronaut, to change the type of concentrates or to discuss the issue with the feed advisor of the farmer.
Next to the feeding settings, it is also good to think about the grassland. The management of the grassland could be adjusted to make sure the roughage is of good quality for the next year by for example over seed some grass. Check the effects of the drought on the grassland and what changes are needed in grass management to help the farmer produce high quality roughage next year.
Cow health, Milking
Solving mastitis [3/5] the battle against pathogens
In the last two articles, we talked about udder health. When the first line of defence is breached, in this case the teat and udder skin, there is the possibility for pathogens to invade the udder and cause subclinical, clinical and chronic mastitis. To eradicate the pathogen efficiently, you have to:
T4C & InHerd
An important sign that a cow has a serious health issue is when she suddenly stops eating and/or ruminating. Following the Lely T4C release in April 2020, we are able to inform the farmer about cows showing no rumination and/or eating activity via an extra parameter in the T4C health report.