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THE VITAL ROLE OF LIVER HEALTH IN OPTIMISING DAIRY COW PERFORMANCE IN NEW ZEALAND

Among the organs crucial to a cow’s overall health and productivity, the liver stands out as a powerhouse of metabolic activity and immune function.  We often liken it to the engine in a high-performance vehicle – you can have all the bells and whistles, but if you’re not taking care of the engine, you certainly […]

UNDERSTANDING SUBCLINICAL KETOSIS IN NEW ZEALAND’S DAIRY COWS

Sections in this article: Exploring the metabolic process and factors leading to ketosis Serious impacts of subclinical ketosis Prevalence of subclinical ketosis in NZ dairy herds Symptoms of subclinical ketosis Strategies around prevention Role of macro minerals and trace elements in prevention The liver – the key to energy How can we support our farmers? […]

UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF TRACE ELEMENTS THE TRANSITIONING DAIRY COW

The functions of essential trace elements | Agvance

Transition is a pivotal phase in a dairy cow’s production cycle. During this period, cows undergo significant physiological changes, including increased metabolic demands and adjustments in nutrient requirements. A balanced diet, including macro minerals and essential trace elements, during transition is essential for optimal health, milk production, and reproductive performance later in the spring.  While […]

UNDERSTANDING THE CRITICAL ROLE OF MINERAL SUPPLEMENTATION FOR THE TRANSITIONING DAIRY COW

Transition is a pivotal phase in a dairy cow’s production cycle. During this period, cows undergo significant physiological changes, including increased metabolic demands and adjustments in nutrient requirements. A balanced diet, including macro minerals and essential trace elements, during transition is essential for optimal health, milk production, and reproductive performance later in the spring.  Mineral […]

RECOGNISING A DYSFUNCTIONAL RUMEN IN THE TRANSITIONING DAIRY COW

Looking at the cows with consultant | Agvance Nutrition

The importance of a well-functioning rumen for transition is especially emphasised in New Zealand’s diverse climatic and grazing conditions. Due to our reliance on a majority pasture-based system, transition diets experience a massive shift in composition as they move into high-energy spring grasses.  Modern grass cultivars are the least obvious yet often the most potent […]

UNDERSTANDING THE CRITICAL ROLE OF MACRO MINERAL SUPPLEMENTATION FOR THE TRANSITIONING DAIRY COW

Transitioning dairy cows experience heightened metabolic activity and nutrient demands, making adequate mineral supplementation imperative for supporting their health and performance. You know your springers need a correctly balanced combination of calcium, phosphorus, sodium, and magnesium supplementation during this time, and that the exact requirements will be very much affected by the makeup of the […]

HOW TRACE ELEMENTS IMPACT REPRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE

  How trace elements impact reproductive performance   It’s widely understood that mineral supplementation plays an important role in mating and pregnancy success, and a lot of research has shown the key trace elements involved to be cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc. But how do these trace elements interact within the body to culminate […]

MINERAL DEFICIENCY DIRECTLY RELATED TO EMPTY RATES

Reproduction Mating Article by Agvance

Successfully carrying the foetus through to full term is quite a balancing act. Maintaining a successful pregnancy requires the correct level of energy, and protein, as well as a quality source of carbohydrates. In the case of a ruminant, this means good-quality fibre. Also required is a correctly balanced ratio of minerals and vitamins. These are all critical factors in maintaining the very tightly balanced ratio of hormones required in early pregnancy.

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