Tactics Used by Farmers to Increase Milk Production in Dairy Cows

According to Big Cow magazine, augmenting cow’s milk production is a prerequisite for improving the productivity of dairy farms.

A close analysis of production performance can help to identify the nutritional levers that need to be activated.

Rearing conditions and herd management have a direct impact on the amount of milk produced per cow per day.

Here are some of the ways to increase milk production:-

Feeding

A dairy cow should be feed on a dry matter like hay or silage and not green or fresh grass. It is not just feeding them, it is about the amount you feed and how you fed.

You must include protein because it helps microorganisms in the stomach to convert rough roughage into nutrients. The amount of feed depends on the weight of the cow, temperature, and level of activity subjected.

Ensure an Appropriate Long Dry Period

Mammary glands require a non-lactating period before giving birth so that fresh udder tissues are formed ahead of lactation.

You should halt milking 45 to 50 days before delivery of the calf.

Optimise Comfort

The stressed cow will not produce as much milk as a comfortable cow. It should lie down comfortably at least 12 times a day. It allows more blood to flow to mammary glands thus supplying it with enough nutrients for milk formation.

Control the Temperature

High and low temperatures will cause your cow to become stressed very quickly. Provide shade for your cows during summer and winter days.

Reduce Inflammation After Birth

Inflammation of the udder decreases milk production.

It causes high pressure in mammary glands hence cows will halt the production of milk.

Partially Wean the Calf and Milk Twice a Day

To ensure the maximum amount of milk for yourself and the health of the calf, the best thing is to partially wean it.

Keeping the calf around the cow will make the cow produce more milk.

One Calve Every Year

You should make insemination at the appropriate time and tract the pregnancy process correctly.

This would ensure continuous production of milk.

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