Issue of the Week (Aug 26-September 1st): Ketosis
Type II or Early Lactation All Type Ketosis
What’s the issue?
- Cows on many farms are getting clinical ketosis during the first two weeks of lactation.
- Cows are ‘set-up’ for ketosis by reduced feed intake around the time of calving.
- These cows require treatment to return to production and avoid the development of secondary diseases such as LDA.
What’s the impact?
- Cows require treatment and suffer reduced milk production.
- Affected cows are at increased risk of reproductive failure and culling later in lactation.
- Work with your nutritionist and veterinarian to feed a properly designed and presented ration to close-up and just-fresh (transition) cows.
- Work with your veterinarian to avoid long lactations due to delayed conception. This can lead to over-conditioned cows at calving which are known to be at increased risk of a ketosis occurrence.
- Promptly treat affected cows to increase feed intake to help decrease the negative impact of this disease.
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