MILK PRODUCTION PER LACTATION
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MILK PRODUCTION PER LACTATION

Increase milk production per lactation

Good transition management results in optimal peak milk production

A resilient dairy cow is a cow that deals with transitions successfully, increasing the chances to express all her genetic potential to produce milk29,30,31. Resilient dairy cows have less day-to-day variation in milk production and a slower decline in milk production29. As a result, they reach peak production between 50 and 70 days in milk. To reach her peak production:

  • Her calving process should be smooth with minimal amounts of stress
  • A balanced diet should be provided that contains all the nutrients she needs to produce milk but it should also contain sufficient amounts of fibre
  • Feeding management should give her free access to fresh feed and fresh water throughout the day, enabling her to eat 12 meals per day

Studies carried out by the ILVO in Belgium18 showed that if a farm increases its average production from 27 to 30 kg per day, methane emission per kg of milk produced will go down by up to 8.4%. A HealthyLife programme offers the tools to manage the transition to lactation in an optimal way, ensuring that cows reach their peak production between 50 and 70 days in milk.

Calculate your profit!

See how sustainable dairy farming will result in more profitability of your farm

In contrast to common belief, it is very well possible to run a farm in a sustainable way while generating a healthy income.

Calculate your profit by influencing the 4 key HealthyLife indicators that help improve the Lifetime Daily Yield on your farm.

Increase the potential for milk production with the LifeStart programme

Recent research shows that reducing the age at first calving to 22 months by using intensive feeding schedules in dairy calves will increase future milk production during the first and second lactation. Intensive liquid feeding schedules will also reduce the involuntary culling rate and thus increase the number of lactations per cow19.

Resilient cows have less day-to-day variation in milk production and a slower decline

Wilmink curve25 which shows that resilient cows have less day-to-day variation in milk production and a slower decline because they are better able to cope with the metabolic changes during the transition. As a result, they reach peak production between 50 and 70 days.

Find out more about how to improve Lifetime Daily Yield...