How To Prevent Ketosis In Dairy Cows

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Dry Cow Management For The Prevention Of Ketosis And Fatty Liver In Dairy Cows.

Abstract Dramatic increases in energy requirements during late gestation and early lactation, superimposed on an animal with a profound drop in DMI just before calving, make the dairy cow highly susceptible to the metabolic diseases ketosis and hepatic lipidosis. Increased serum concentrations of NEFA appear to be causally linked to these problems, and feeding strategies to reduce or avoid this dramatic increase are desirable for optimal health and performance. During the last 3 to 4 weeks prepartum, a diet higher in energy and protein concentration than current NRC recommendations should be fed so that adequate nutrient intake occurs within the limits of the reduced DMI. The additional energy should be provided by glucose precursors, such as starchy concentrates or propylene glycol, and not by lipid. Excessive energy and reduced fiber should be avoided both early in the dry period (more than 28 days prepartum) and immediately postpartum. Attention should be paid to the environment of the cow, especially during the last 3 weeks prepartum, to avoid environmental stressors as much as possible. Continue reading >>

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  1. everything red

    had the vet out today with a 2nd calver,calved about 2wks with a case of ketosis,the vet went on to tell me about a bolus that they had only started to supply called kextone,he didn't know a lot about it because anyone that has used it hasn't had anything calved yet or long enough to know,what he did say on the down side was that it can blow up a big calf, the cost is £30 and you give it 4wks before calving,has anyone used such a thing,TIA

  2. beefyfarmer

    It's actually a legal Monensin (Rumensin) bolus. My vet says they work very well. He has several farmers dosing every cow -though not to sure whether it's just for ketosis They cost about £30 and the cow gives an extra £60 worth of milk. Perhaps I'm just being cynical but no doubt they will find a "medical" reason to give it to beef cattle before long.

  3. james.taylor

    My vet gave me one in the spring to use on a young bull that was suffering badly from recurring bloat on grass. I wanted to use him for breeding so wasnt keen on a dart.
    It worked very well and very quickly

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