Energy Intake and its link to Fertlity
Feeding the Joining ration is recommended to commence three to four weeks prior to the start of joining and continue throughout joining period. Maize based joining ration (pellet) is highly desirable as Maize is a very good energy source and cool on the cow’s rumen. A large proportion of the starch in Maize escapes the rumen and is digested in
small intestine to produce glucose. Glucose is the most ef cient source of energy for ruminants, thus enabling easier partition to body condition (weight gain) and ovarian follicular growth.
CopRice AusMaizing Pellet is well suited to feeding over the joining period as it is maize based and rich in energy.
Along with nutrition also pay due attention to:
1. Having suf cient heifers to replace older and less fertile cows;
2. Choosing bulls with higher ABV’s for daughter fertility;
3. Calving as many cows and heifers in the first 6 weeks of the calving period.
For more information on joining rations, call and speak to a CopRice Nutritionist, or visit the Dairy Australia website: www.dairyaustralia.com.au/Animals-feedand-environment/Fertility