The regulatory effects of phytonutrients seem to be beneficial for immune suppression of inflammation disease in dairy cows like this Holstein. Image: Ton Schulten
The regulatory effects of phytonutrients seem to be beneficial for immune suppression of inflammation disease in dairy cows like this Holstein.

Spicing up transition dairy cow diets may aid cow health

Phytonutrients appear to have positive physiological effects on immune response in ruminants and lactating dairy cows in particular.

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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