In this unique concept, farmers are guided by a technical specialist who accurately measures and calculates the cation-anion difference in the dry cow ration. This ration is supplemented with AniStart, a tasty and concentrated anionic salt. AniStart is a unique product produced by the company Phibro Animal Health. After implementation, the technical specialist continues to monitor and evaluate regularly to continue to guarantee the optimal result. Van der Wind works with a feeding computer and dry cow bales, produced by his feeding center, in close-up cows to implement the concept well and as practically as possible
I found a low DCAD ration exciting at first. It is important that you choose the most palatable product, so that you do have the benefits, but not the negative effects on feed intake, says Marco. In practice my dry cows have started to eat more rather than less. The increased feed intake around and especially just after calving is even more visible.
Clinical milk fever was never a big problem, but subclinical milk fever was much more common than I expected. Cows that still have a calcium deficiency around calving, which means that the calving process as well as health and production are not good enough. Since this approach, my cows are clearly more active. They want to start eating right after calving. In addition, I see little spread in colostrum yield and 80% of the cows calve easily and without help.
In addition to a higher efficient feed intake, more active cows around calving also provide many health benefits. The uterus cleans up better and the immunity remains at a better level. Placentas come off easily and both metritis and endometritis have all but disappeared. The udder health has also clearly improved, the somatic cell count has dropped far below 100 and the number of cases of mastitis has been drastically reduced.
In addition to working pleasure and health, a high milk production is an important goal for Van der Wind. We are an intensive company, so that is quickly profitable. It is noticeable that since this new transition concept the peak production is higher, and the cows are more persistent in producing a lot of milk with good solids. The main reason for this is the higher and more stable feed intake around calving.
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