Feeding highly producing cows, and especially during the transition period, is still a real challenge for farmers and nutritionalists. How to maintain high productivity, health, and the ability of cows to reproduce?
In previous issues of the magazine, we talked about the value of ensiled pressed beet pulp and the economic feasibility of its use in cattle feeding, based on the results of research and practice of German dairy farms.
We used to consider foreign experience as reference and take it as an example. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, there are a number of dairy-commodity farms that have reached production indicators of the world level, including reproduction.
In the leading enterprise of the Association of Milk Producers LLC «TD „Dolinske“» from Kherson region, it became clear that literally for the quarter it is possible to improve the fertility rate by more than 10%.
A highly-producing cow undergoes significant metabolic changes in the transit period.
We continue to discuss the use of beet pulp in feeding cows. According to the estimate of the German nutritionist Udo Weber, today the maximum possible price of squeezed pulp with a dry matter content of 20-25% - as a feed, but not a byproduct - is 30-40 euros per ton. At the same time, the total actual cost of silaged pulp in Ukraine is about 10 euros/t (product cost + transportation + putting in the sleeve).
Winter rye is less popular feed culture than alfalfa. And with the technology of cultivating the latter on hay, haylage or silage, domestic milk producers are better acquainted. However, the editorial staff of the magazine «Milk and Farm» decided to learn more about the value of winter rye by visiting practical seminar on the basis of «Terezine» (Bila Tserkva district, Kyiv region).
We will add the theme of the fight against mastitis with the practical advice of the doctor of veterinary medicine of the Estonian University of Natural Sciences, Piret Kalmus, who was also among the speakers of this year’s Milk congress.