Research and field experience tell us that an important design principle is to provide more than adequate access to feed and resting space for transition cows. Extra feed and resting space and wider traffic lanes all help provide optimal cow comfort and minimize the typical reduction in dry matter intake that occurs as cows go through the calving period.
On the flip side, inadequate feeding and resting space can result in metabolic problems, injuries and stress that keep the cows from entering the milking herd at the appropriate time and in the best condition possible. To help achieve the best transition cow health possible, UW-Extension Dairy Engineer David Kammel & Dr. Gordie Jones shares nine crucial design considerations for transition cows.
- Freestall space
- Group bedded pen space
- Individual bedded pen space
- Feed space
- Walking space
- Water space and location
- Freestall pen designs
- Group bedded pen design
- Individual bedded calving pen design
To learn more details regarding the nine considerations for transition cow housing, please visit Nine Considerations for Transition Cow Housing in the May 10th edition of Hoard’s Dairyman. This article is the second of three articles focusing on transition cow facilities. Design Facilities to Optimize Transition Cow Comfort was featured first in the April 25th Hoard’s Dairyman issue.
For more information regarding transition cow facilities, please visit Dairy Modernization UW-Extension or UW School of Veterinary Medicine’s Dairyland Initiative, or contact UW-Extension Dairy Engineer Specialist David Kammel.