Issue of the Week (June 17-22): Retained Placentas & Impact on Lactation

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.

ANIMART Solutions

  • 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.

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