Nov. 1 2021 08:00 AM

Sponsored content created by Dr. Elliot Block, Research Fellow and Director of Research, Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production

Avoidable costs are unnecessary costs—always have been and always will be.

It’s why dairy producers like you remain vigilant about identifying any part of the operation where additional (and preventable) expenses might compromise your bottom line and the ultimate success of your herd.

The numbers show that maintaining transition health is an excellent way to avoid those unnecessary expenses. Let’s count just a few of the costs:

• A single displaced abomasum can steal $340 from your profits.
• One case of milk fever typically costs $334.
• You stand to lose approximately $145 on each case of ketosis1.

And those are just the more easily quantifiable expenses. When calculating the impact of maintaining transition health, you’ll also want to consider subclinical transition health issues. Specifically, the bottom-line benefits of experiencing fewer disease incidents, getting consistently higher start-up milk, reducing metritis, and increasing pregnancy rates. Or, there is the added income from getting one more productive lactation out of each cow.

Since transition health is so essential to lactation success, finding ways to maintain it during this critical period is a great way to support your bottom line. Get the research.

A proven path to avoiding the avoidable

The close-up ration helps set the stage for optimal performance in upcoming lactations. And one proven nutritional tool during transition is dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) balancing.

Interestingly, a ration that’s negative DCAD prepartum is a great way to deliver positive transition health results. The diagram shows just one example: how it helps reduce the risks associated with milk fever.

Another key to maintaining transition health is the amino acid profile. Metabolizable protein, or MP, is the form of protein that’s digested postruminally and supplies essential amino acids that are vital to dairy cattle maintenance and productivity. Get the research.

Prepartum diet success

One way to feed negative DCAD and the MP your cows need to maintain transition health is by including BIO-CHLOR™ in rations.

Only BIO-CHLOR delivers more bang for your transition buck by providing both the all-important negative DCAD needed and metabolizable protein. And it does it in a single, consistent formulation that you can count on every time.

With BIO-CHLOR, you can reduce clinical and subclinical hypocalcemia, metritis, and displacements while you’re capitalizing on known prepartum diet success.

A research recap for the requesting.

Since maintaining transition health is such an important way to protect your profitability, there’s obviously more to say about all this, much more. And we’ve recapped some of the latest insights from industry research to make you even better equipped to avoid the unnecessary costs of transition health issues. Get the recap.

1 References cited available upon request