The number of somatic cells is one of the main indicators of milk quality, which signals an infection in the udder. In 95% of non-infected animals in a herd SCC of an individual cow will be below 100 thousand/ml. How to achieve this level in practice and how the farm’s profitability depends on it, told an expert of GD Animal Health, Rian van Egmond, during the Dutch Milk Day, which took place on September 25 at Kishchentsy LLC in Cherkasy region.
Manure is a by-product of milk production, and sooner or later each farm faces the problem of its utilization. Sergey GRYAZNOV, director of sales in the North, Central and South America and Central Asia of the BAUER group of companies, tells about world practice and trends in manure treatment methods, as well as the feasibility and peculiarities of using its solid fraction for bedding.
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).