Retained Placentas & Impact on Lactation
What’s the issue?
- Failure to expel afterbirth 48 hours after calving can have a long term effect on how well cows do in their lactation.
What’s the impact?
- Common issues that can occur from a retained placenta are: Toxic Metritis, Post-Partum Metabolic Disease and Displaced Abomasum. All of the these items can slow down your cow and decrease milk production, reducing profit.
- Reduced reproduction efficiency is another common issue that can occur from retained placenta. If a cow is not feeling 100% their chances of becoming pregnant are decreased which leads to more difficult breeding.
- Having a good transition ration program and providing a high quality feed to your transition cows is a essential in reducing retained placenta. Sit down with you nutritionist and veterinarian to determine the best solutions for your operation.
- Make sure you have a clean, dry calving area. This reduces other diseases that can occur in your cows.
- Work with your veterinarian on a protocol for managing retained placentas.