The prepartum and postpartum with the dairy cow
Forum: The 100-day contract with the dairy cow: 30 days prepartum to 70 days postpartum
Published on: 08/03/2007
Author/s : JAMES N. SPAIN - University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA (Courtesy of Alltech Inc.)
The concept of setting goals and time constraints is not new in business management. But how does it apply to dairy farm management? In evaluating the production cycle of the dairy herd, a 100-day period of critical importance exists. The ‘100 day contract’ with the dairy cow begins 30 days before calving and runs through first breeding to 70 days postpartum.The terms of the contract include birth...