dairy cow, preventative feeding, calving time, transition period
The transition period in the lactating dairy cow is characterized by decreased feed intake that starts late in the close-up period and recovers several days after calving. This drop in intake results in an imbalance between required and absorbed nutrients. Other factors that are related to the volume and physical form of the feed can lead to problems frequently observed at calving time. In general, the veterinary diagnosis is based upon clinical symptoms of certain ailments. For greater chances of success and decreased treatment costs, it’s necessary to detect these ailments during their subclinical stage, or, better yet, to prevent their occurrence.
Garcia, Alvaro and Hippen, Arnold, "Preventative Feeding of the Dairy Cow in Transition" (2008). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 138.