Today's dairy cows more susceptible
In a survey of attendees at Alltech's recent ruminant technical seminars,
over 85% of respondents agreed that today's high yielding dairy cows were more
susceptible to stress and pathologies than the dairy cow of the 80s.
Over 75% also estimated that the incidence of cow lameness is increasing in
dairy herds throughout Europe and 90% concluded that sub-acute ruminal acidosis
(SARA) is of serious economic consequence. Furthermore, over 85% believed that
mycotoxins pose a threat to both human and cow health.
"Our yearly survey
gives us a tremendous insight into the real issues that the dairy industry is
facing across Europe. The questions asked are highly relevant to today's dairy
industry, particularly in the current economic environment. In general, a
consensus was reached on most issues, however, some views differed, reflecting
discrepancies in local realities," explained Alltech's Ruminant Technical
Manager, Sylvie Andrieu.
More than 140 of Europe's top ruminant
nutritionists and veterinarians attended Alltech's ruminant technical seminars
on 'Elevating Animal Performance and Health – Formula for the Future; Nutrition
or Pathology?' held at Alltech's European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Co.
During the course of the seminar, a panel of six
international industry experts presented their views on issues such as: calf
health and nutrition; the role of mycotoxins in cow health and immunity; dairy
cow peri-parturient nutrition and early lactation pathologies and nutritional
impact on dairy cow lameness.
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