Dealing with the summer heat and humidity and the effects on cow health and milk production is one of the most significant management challenges faced by dairy farmers each year. Summertime heat can be a tough gig for dairy cows.
Nutritional requirements increase significantly and play a pivotal role in the cow’s energy status and health at the time of birth and in the early weeks of lactation when milk production is reaching its peak.
What makes a rumen healthy are the billions of microbes – bacteria, protozoa, fungi and yeasts – whose job it is to ferment the feedstuffs that a cow consumes in her diet. Collectively, we call them “bugs.”