A new dairy herd health package has been launched by Dugdale Nutrition
to complement its Management for More than Milk, M3 programme and
help farmers combat the three most common issues, fertility, lameness
and mastitis. These combined with the associated loss of milk yield
can be worth over £60,000 on a 100 cow herd.
Called Healthy Herd Planner, the initiative encourages farmers in
the first instance to adopt a proactive approach by introducing the
University of Edinburgh’s Dairy Herd Health and Productivity
Service to monitor herd fertility, together with a computerized production
and health recording system, essential to provide UK dairy farmers
with an accurate management tool to achieve both herd performance
and maximize profitability.
The package also introduces to diets Availa4, a protected mineral
developed in the USA for high yielding herds, which contains a combination
of zinc, copper, manganese and cobalt complexes essential to prevent
lameness, encourage fertility, reduce mastitis incidence improve
yield. In addition, Healthy Herd Planner urges producers to tackle
lameness by adopting a focused footbath programme and introducing
locomotion scoring, while mastitis can be curbed by including drying
off treatments along with other timely measures.
“Attempting to maximize herd margin by exploiting yield potential
is putting more and more herds under pressure and consequently increasing
their vulnerability to fertility, lameness and mastitis,” says
Dugdale Nutrition’s Donald Macleod. “Introducing Healthy
Herd Planner along with M3 will focus farmers’ minds on how
to prevent each of these issues by fine tuning day to day management
to subsequently maximize herd health and productivity and improve
overall herd margins.”
Further information on M3 and Healthy Herd Planner can be obtained
from Dugdale Nutrition on 01200 420200.
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