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Articles by Helen Warren

Dairy Nutrition

How to prevent milk fever in dairy cows

Prevention strategies include manipulation of the cow’s close-up diet post-calving
Hypocalcaemia, or milk fever, is a common issue in dairy farming. Cows with milk fever are at greater risk of other metabolic disorders so prevention should be the focus. Prevention usually involves manipulation of the close-up diet.
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Animal Health

Climate change increasing heat stress in dairy cows

Nutritional management helps maintain healthy rumen function while providing an optimal nutrient supply
Environmental and nutritional modifications can be implemented to address the challenges of heat stress. The main goal of nutritional management during heat stress is to maintain a healthy rumen function while providing optimal nutrient supply to limit the negative energy balance situation.
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The high cost of metabolic diseases in dairy cattle

Management practices, such as nutrition, cow comfort and hygiene, are crucial to addressing metabolic issues
Metabolic disorders are extremely costly to dairy farmers and the overall cost is certainly greater than the direct loss of income from reduced milk production. Most metabolic disorders are not "stand-alone" – the occurrence of one tends to increase the risk of another. Nutrition is probably the most influential and most often considered when looking at management practices to address metabolic issues, but cow comfort and hygiene are also crucial.
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Dietary strategies to optimize rumen efficiency

Well-maintained rumen environment, sufficient nutrient supplies are primary goals of a ruminant diet
Improving rumen efficiency allows the producer to gain increased output from less feed, resulting in higher returns and less risk of digestive disturbances.
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