Taking care of your pregnant heifers
Dry and gestation periods are important to the future productivity of your herd. By properly managing nutrition and comfort during these critical stages in a cow’s life, you will help rear healthy, strong calves that have the best start possible.
There are some useful pointers to keep in mind during the pre-birth phase and you’ll find more -comprehensive details by clicking on the Calf management booklet.
- Allow a minimum dry period of 45 days
- Adapt the dry cow ration to prevent over-conditioned heifers
- Feed the heifer with sufficient supplements of fat-soluble vitamins
- Provide tasty forage of high hygienic quality, cleand and fresh water
- Watch close-up cows carefully at least twice a day
- If needed, vaccinate the dry cows to boost antibody level in colostrum
- Short dry periods
- High calcium or potassium intake
- Moving cows 10-3 days before calving
- Heat stress in late gestation
- Overstocking of close-up cows
- Sudden changes in ration ingredients
- Calving on slats or in the cubicles
Contact your local DeLaval sales representative to learn all about calf management.