How can you recognize if your cow’s welfare is good or bad? And why prioritizing it is crucial for the efficiency of your farm? Let’s find out in this Blog series!
After a general overview of how to elevate cow welfare, let’s now focus on how cows face extremely low temperatures.
Just like very high temperatures, excessively cold weather can also seriously endanger the health of cows. To make sure you can best protect your herd from this threat, Pavel Semenychev, Technical Sales and Support Manager from Russia, is ready to share with you the main dairy herd improvements to implement during the coldest months of the year.
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The ideal environmental temperature for cows lies approximately between -5°C and 20°C, as stated by the University of Missouri Extension. Although these animals seem to have a rather strong endurance to extreme cold, farmers should make sure they provide cows with the necessary feed intake they need to keep a normal body temperature, while continuing to produce sufficient milk. Moreover, cows should be protected from any danger related to extremely cold weather conditions, such as frozen, slippery surfaces, and wind.
At this point, you might be wondering “How can I understand if my cows are cold, or if I should improve my herd management?”
To achieve this, it is important to monitor the animals, relying on the support of professionals, such as vets and consultants, and, if possible, a Herd Management Software, which ensure you a complete overview of the main indicators:
An introduction to the main dairy herd improvements
Injuries, serious diseases, unforeseen expenses, antibiotics, wasted milk, and, in some cases, even death. These are the crucial enemies of efficiency, causing financial losses and supplementary labour. We are sure you do not want them to affect your farm. That’s why you can count on our precious advice!
Let’s start from saying that the main dairy herd improvement to ensure cow welfare even at extremely low temperatures can be grouped in 3 main areas:
Are you curious to know more about dairy herd improvements to make your cows thrive even at the lowest temperatures? Make sure not to miss our next Blog episode!
Date: 15 February 2023 to 31 December 2098