Health, welfare and longevity of the herd can be improved by tailored nutrition. The supplementation of vitamin reduces mastitis and lameness cases.
In collaboration with DSM
Why does it matter?
A lack of vitamins in a cow’s diet can lead to higher incidence of mastitis and lameness cases. Providing the herd with the right amount of high-quality vitamins, adjusted to the cow’s life stage, improves cow health, welfare and longevity.
How did we solve this?
The vitamin supplementation plan was developed by gathering information on current vitamin levels in the feed and then determining the category and amount of vitamins needed. Vitamin levels and ratios in animal feed are then monitored regularly and adapted based on the different stages of lactation and young stock.
After 6 months of these farms adopting a tailored vitamin supplementation plan, the percentage of mastitis cases reduced, on average, by 30%. The incidence of lameness cases were also significantly reduced from 187 to 74. The milk yields reached 600 kg/solids/cow/years.
Opportunities for other farms?
This solution can be implemented on farms that face mastitis and lameness cases or on farms that want to improve cow health and welfare. This solution should be combined with other actions to prevent mastitis or lameness cases (e.g. milking hygiene, clean housing, etc.).
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