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Winning the second half of the lactation - how to avoid the pitfalls


On this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge, Tom Fallon joins Emma-Louise Coffey with advice on the important practices to win the second half of the lactation.

Tom explains that after the busy calving and breeding season and conservation of silage, farmers tend to take a step back from the farm but Tom urges farmers to continue to pay attention to cow health and in particular, mobility to ensure cows are achieving their milk production potential while holding and gaining body condition and pregnancy.

Tom recommends that all farmers take the opportunity to critically analyse their farm roadways and farm yard surfaces to identify degradation that can occur over time and put a plan in place to remedy issues and encourage good cow flow.

Additionally, Tom recommends that farmers complete a mobility score on the whole herd to catch any cows at the onset of a lameness event and treat early.

For more information: 

https://www.teagasc.ie/media/website/publications/2021/Dairy-Cow-Mobility--Winning-the-second-half---how-do-cows-experience-your-farm.pdf

https://projectblue.blob.core.windows.net/media/Default/Dairy/Publications/Dairy%20Mobility%20Scoresheet_200427_WEB.pdf

For more episodes from the Dairy Edge podcast go to the show page at:  www.teagasc.ie/thedairyedge