Dairy cattle

The lifespan of dairy cows is an important part of the sustainability theme. The term “lifespan” is usually used to indicate a period that ends due to natural causes in old age. But today in our intensive farming systems, the cow’s lifespan is significantly shorter than its potential. Currently, the average dairy cow lasts about three lactations.

Earn thousands of euros!

Earn Major steps can be taken in the field of sustainability, profitability and social acceptance. Financially, the benefits can amount to tens of thousands of euros per year! An important question, of course, is: in what way? Heifer-calf rearing, lactation start and lactation persistence are important components. Below is a calculation example and more information.

Aim for two extra lactations!

A Dutch dairy cow lasts on average more than three lactations and has a lifetime production of approximately 30,000 kg of milk. Replacement of dairy cows is not voluntary in seven out of ten cases; forced drainage can often be prevented by taking preventive action. The main causes of forced drainage are mastitis, hoof problems and reduced fertility. Preventive action is a good investment, because it can prevent many of these problems and extend the life.

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18 November 2021

Whitepaper Udder bolus

12 November 2021

Whitepaper Dry bolus

12 November 2021

Better calves through optimal nutrition in the dry period

7 September 2021

Colostrum management; for the right start!

The calf's diet consists primarily of colostrum (first mother's milk). At birth, the calf does not yet have antibodies and is therefore not protected against pathogens. The cow does not pass on these antibodies (immunoglobulins) through the placenta. In case of disappointing colostrum quality, Topro Colostrum Pure can upgrade the colostrum of the dam.
30 July 2021

Heat stress in combination with Claw health

During periods of heat stress, infectious diseases can arise. Cows eat less roughage, the biotin supply is insufficient and the resistance decreases. Problems such as interclaw inflammation and sole problems arise easily.
21 July 2021

Heat stress in combination with Fertility

If it is very hot, this can have a negative effect on the fertility of cows. Cows show less well during the heat, have an abortion (gestation longer than 42 days) or the pregnancy ends (gestation shorter than 42 days). You can do something about this!
6 July 2021

Heat stress in combination with Udder health

Research shows that leukocytes (white blood cells) in the body are less active when an animal experiences (heat) stress. The natural defenses are compromised and bacteria are lurking.
8 June 2021

Heat stress in dairy cattle; prevention is better than cure!

The warmer period of the year is here again; spring and summer. Cows can experience heat stress when the temperature is not optimal for them. The cow experiences a general clinical picture, with the result that less feed is absorbed and the milk production drops. You can do something about this!
8 June 2021

Relationship between transition diseases and vitamins and minerals in the dry period

Many transition diseases in dairy cattle occur at the start of the new lactation; minerals and vitamins play an important role in this. At the end of the lactation, the concentrate dose is reduced, so that...
8 June 2021

Calcium deficiency in cows, a huge cost

Bone metabolism diminishes in older cows. This is why we often see clinical and subclinical milk fever from the second lactation onwards. The calcium level in the blood decreases around calving, as a result of increasing milk production.