Dairy Nutrition

Our dairy nutritional solutions have been developed to ensure the health and performance of the high yielding dairy cow aiming to achieve optimum feed efficiency, improved milk yield and quality, promoting fertility and reducing the time it takes to get back into calf.

 

 

Advice

  • DAIRY - The Green, Green Grass of Home

    1 May 2017

    As the days lengthen and conditions start to warm up, the potential of utilising quality grazing into dairy rations becomes a welcome consideration again. Many regions of the world will indeed l...

    Read more
  • DAIRY- Calf+ Monitor

    1 May 2017

    A benchmarking scheme for heifer calf performance has highlighted a huge variance in growth rates on dairy farms across Scotland and northern England.

    The Calf+ Monitor scheme, launched...

    Read more
  • Downloads

More advice

Dairy Nutritional Solutions

  • Calf+ Monitor

    Our Calf+ Monitor has been developed to allow farmers monitor and improve on-farm performance of heifer calves. Taking an holistic approach to the management of calves the system allows our dairy specialists to assess feeding regime, health challenges, environmental factors, which provides fact based advice and recommendations.

  • Milk Monitor

    Exclusive to Harbro our Milk Monitor Scheme is available to dairy customer wishing to obtain a better understand the performance of their milking cows and highlight any issues which can be resolved with advice from our team of Dairy Specialists. 

  • Rumen Friendly Rationing

    Exclusive to Harbro our Rumen Friendly Rationing has been created to help resolve issues created by caecal and rumen acidosis threat. 

    Our Dairy Specialist use a five pronged approach to assess the current situation on farm:-

    On-farm audit including current feeding regimes, acidosis incidents, management and other health issue.

    pH raw material and forage analysis 

    Dung texture testing 

    Grist profiling 

    Mixing times 

    Information collated from this process then helps our Dairy Specialists recommend the most appropriate product(s) from our range designed to promote rumen health and reduce acidosis risk. 

Cowman's Tips for Turnout

Harbro Dairy Specialist, Andrew Jardine gives some useful tips for turnout.

When the time comes to turn out cows, use a gradual approach to introduce fresh grass to try and minimise rumen upset. Five days afternoon only, five days 10am-4pm, five days 7am-4pm and finally
day and night grazing.

  • To help maintain milk quality levels, particularly butterfat, make available a high digestible fibre buffer TMR if possible. A good time to present the buffer feed to the cows is after morning milking to allow dry matter and sugar levels to increase in the grazed grass as the morning progresses. Feeding the buffer mix in the morning creates a fibre “raft” in the rumen which helps efficiently control the digestion of grazed grass.
  • Consider the risk of sub-acute rumen acidosis (SARA) whilst grazing cows and consider actions which may help reduce its impact.
  • On a three times per day milking routine, optimum grazing time would be between mid-day and evening milking.
  • Investing some money and time into cow track construction/maintenance could pay dividends. Cows need to be good on their feet to make the most of faraway grazing, so giving them a robust, clean and purpose built walkway can avoid unnecessary feet problems and field poaching.
  • Is there enough water reserve in the fields/paddocks? With limited time to graze, drink and cud before returning for milking, empty water troughs are not an option.
  • Assess your grass - what quantity is available, of what quality is it? Remember to carry your beer can! The height of the can when standing on end indicates ample quantity to graze. Once the grass height is the same as the can lying sideways there is not enough to meet the cow’s needs.
  • Consider mineral supplementation. Cows grazing full time with no TMR buffer will be deficient in trace elements and major elements. Even with 4kg of mineralised compound, trace elements will still be below requirements.
  • Take into consideration adverse weather conditions. Increase dairy compound or buffer feed levels during periods of prolonged rain, as dry matter intakes will be greatly reduced. Lastly, If we consider the points above and the prevention of poor fertility, the most cost effective way to get cows in calf remains to focus efforts and expenditure on the transition cow.

Speak to your Harbro dairy specialist about what tailored solutions we can offer for your transition cow management.