One of dairy farmers' biggest concerns is the vulnerable and important period for the dairy cow that extends three weeks before and three weeks after calving. Her metabolic needs increase dramatically, and how she copes with this high-energy transition period influences how well she performs during the rest of the lactation, according to The Pennsylvania State University.
During this transition cow period, diseases can result in milk yield decreases of 5-10 lb. per day at peak lactati
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