New approach for a successful transition program

A cow is exposed to many changes during the drying, run off and transition period, making it important to try and anticipate her needs in advance.

During this period many things happen including hormone secretion, metabolic changes and bone rebuilding. We then add stress and low dry matter intake during the first days post calving.

We need to remember she moves many nutrients to produce milk solids during lactation. As a result she needs to rebuild her body and skeleton during the dry and transition period to start the next lactation without any metabolic disorders developing.

For each lactation, a cow can lose around 500 gm of calcium from her natural storage, namely her bones.

This process means she is mining her skeleton to put calcium and phosphorus into milk. This situation can explain why higher producing, older cows are more susceptible to milk fever. Just like capital fertilizer, we have to put back what we take out.

Under New Zealand conditions, knowing the dynamics of the minerals in the different stage of the cow’s transition is the key to designing the proper transition program.

Excess potassium affects magnesium absorption. You also need to take into account mineral ratios and vitamin levels. Understanding these will help you develop the most beneficial strategy on your farm.

Based on scientific knowledge and understanding of New Zealand conditions, Sollus’s approach is very different to conventional mineral companies.

Sollus designs and formulates products to be the best transition supplements for the New Zealand dairy cow.

Along with the calcium and magnesium that cows need, Sollus’s product Tranzsol  incorporates antioxidants, magnesium and, most importantly, Rovimix™ Hy-D. This combination allows cows to safely transition, even when consuming pasture and limeflour. This enables less calcium to be lost from her bones.

Rovimix™ Hy-D is a molecule designed by world leading animal nutrition company DSM to manage calcium absorption. Calcium is critical for function of the smooth muscles of the uterus, rumen and teats sphincters. If these muscle groups can’t function effectively we greatly increase the risk of metabolic disorders, and prevalence of mastitis and reproductive issues.

With Tranzsol, Sollus is helping increasing numbers of New Zealand farmers reduce metabolic issues, including milk fever, through functional nutrition based on proven science.

We no longer need to accept these diseases are a natural consequence of milking cows.