FARMING PRACTICES-DAIRY CATTLE-DAIRY COWS: LACTATING AND DRY COWS
DRY COW MIXTURE
PRO 16 promotes intake which is critical during the transition phase. It also ensures the economical preparation of dry cows with the inclusion of anionic salts to prevent milk fever during calving. PRO 16contains high levels of natural protein and energy (9,5 MJ ME/kg), as well as a growth enhancer which
improves digestion and energy utilisation of pasture/roughage. PRO 16 is an excellent supplement for rearing weaner calves and lambs on green fertilised pastures.
|Weaner calves||g/day||1 000 – 2 000|
|Weaner lambs||g/day||300 – 400|
Application of Molatek PRO 16 during the dry period:
Allow for a dry period of 42–60 days.
First 21–40 days
During the first 21–40 days a medium to high quality roughage diet (hay, pasture, silage, etc.) is provided ad lib. The use of roughage low in potassium (K) is advisable but not critical during this phase. Maintaining condition is more important. Cows in poor condition that have dried up can be given additional feed.
Provide 1,5–2 kg Molatek PRO 16 per cow per day.
Last 2–3 weeks before calving (steam-up)
Provide good quality roughage with a low K content ad lib during the last three weeks. Intake of K and NaCl (salt) should be restricted to a minimum.
PRO 16 MIXTURES – LAST 2–3 WEEKS BEFORE CALVING (STEAM-UP)
- The diets provide a higher quality dry cow meal with adequate non-structural carbohydrate starch to lengthen rumen papillae for the better absorption of nutrients after calving.
- The amount of dry cow meal fed can vary in accordance with the quality of roughage, breed, body mass, condition, etc.
- It is advised that 4–5 kg dry cow meal is fed 21 days prior to calving and 5–6 kg 10 days prior to calving, as well as up to the day of calving for top producers.
- The dry cow meal is fed with 10–12 kg wet maize silage plus high quality grass hay/small grain hay ad lib, or high quality hay ad lib only. No lucerne should be included during this phase!