Transition Cow Management
The course is suitable for any farm member who will be involved with transitioning dry cows to milking cows on the farm. It will be helpful if they are also able to suggest or make changes on the farm to the transition program.
OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP
- To provide people with information about what is involved with a good transition cow diet.
- To provide practical information on how to implement, monitor and review a transition cow management plan on farm.
The Transition Cow Management Workshop is designed for farmers as an intensive one day program focusing on the various aspects of the transition period for a dairy herd. Topics covered on the day are:
- Aims and benefits of good transition cow management
- Managing milk fever risk, heifers, length of feeding and the six different approaches to transition feeding
- Developing a farm specific Action Plan
- Making the Transition Cow Management Action Plan work on farm and monitoring the plan as it is implemented.
Transition cow management is one of the most significant advances in dairy nutrition and production over the past 20 years. Around 80% of cow health problems happen around the time of calving.
Providing the right nutrition for cows for 3 weeks prior to calving can greatly improve calving ease, cow and calf welfare, milk production and reproductive performance. A transition feeding program costs only $20 - $60 per cow but returns up to $200 per cow.
However, a recent Dairy Australia survey found only 70% farmers have a structured transition cow management nutrition program and only half of those use an approach capable of meeting all the cow's nutritional needs.
RESOURCES THAT WILL BE USED
Expressions of interest
This course is presented by either TIA (one day workshop) or TasTAFE (2 day workshop). Contact your local course coordinator for more information on which courses will be run.
For information, course dates and locations, please contact DairyTAS on:
Mobile: 6432 2233
Advice, booklets and checklists on transition cow management available from Dairy Australia's Transition Cow Management page.