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START THE GRAZING SEASON WELL PREPARED

Fresh spring grass is very tasty for cows and contains many nutrients. It is ideal for more milk and more milk protein.

 

The cow's rumen, and in particular the rumen bacteria, must get used to this spring grass.

Fresh grass is not silage! Try to keep the ration in balance and adapt it to the new situation in terms of energy, protein supplements and concentrates.

Discuss this in advance with your feed adviser and start slowly with grazing.

 

Fresh spring grass often contains a lot of sugar, which can lead to higher rumen fermentation and a risk of rumen acidification.

Fresh spring grass is also less structure-rich than silage grass, which reduces the cow's milk fat production.

The decrease is also caused by the fact that spring grass contains a lot of unsaturated fats. 

These unsaturated fats block the cow's production of milk fat.

Therefore, start grazing on parcels with structure-rich grass, not on parcels with " rich " fertilization.

If this is insufficient, add extra structure to the feed ration.

Chopped straw, hay or rapeseed straw are good for this purpose.

 

Your Cowmunicator,

Ronald Rongen