Early lactation is an important time on farm, encompassing both calving and mating. Balancing feed demand with supply and ensuring cows get adequate energy to produce well and get back in calf can have its challenges. Use the checklist below to help stay on track.
Monitor BCS Loss
- Know your targets
- Cows will lose BCS post-calving and this is normal. The key is to keep this loss to a less than 1 BCS
Allocate Spring Pastures appropriately
- Spring is a balancing act between managing pasture residuals and quality, while also trying to match feed demand
- A spring rotation planner will help you to best manage your pasture supply and quality
Calculate cow demand
- Know what your feed demand is during calving and early lactation.