Fresh Cows – Management for Best Behavior! Dr. Trevor DeVries, The University of Guelph

April 27, 2017


Fresh Cows – Management for Best Behavior! – Dr. Trevor DeVriess

Western Dairy Management Confernce 2017

Recap by Renee Smith, California Sales Manager
Virtus Nutrition

Listen in on this ‘Big Fat Idea’ on managing fresh cows for best behavior…highlights from Dr. Trevor DeVries (University of Guelph) at the 2017 Western Dairy Management Conference in Reno. Dr. DeVries’ message focuses on how to promote feed intake in early lactating dairy cows and why that is critical for the improvement and maintenance of milk production and health.

Here are the key things to remember in improving feeding behavior in your fresh cows:

1. Fresh cow diets should be formulated to maximize eating time and DMI
2. Maximize the opportunities for cows to go to the bunk across the day
3. Overcrowding must avoided for fresh cow pens
4. Minimize group changes & keep 1st lactation separate to decrease social stress

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