AHV solutions to support transition from TAD to OAD milking
Moving from Twice A Day (TAD) to Once A Day (OAD) milking in the second half of lactation can be a challenging time for dairy cows. A cow’s comfort can be impacted and she is at a bigger risk of udder health challenges. Summer heat and insufficient grass and feed, i.e. reduced energy, can augment the impact of moving to OAD. AHV has solutions to support this transition by providing cows relief, energy and/or clear up the udder beforehand (remove biofilm and unfavorable bacteria) which will help reduce udder health challenges and support milk production.
What solutions can AHV provide?
AHV Aspi Bolus can relieve a cow during the transition and stimulate her appetite so she keeps eating and has good energy (as bacteria in biofilm typically break out when a cow is in low energy and/or in a stressful environment). AHV Booster Bolus supports the liver and rumen to ensure a cow gets more glucose out of the feed she eats. This energy supports milk production, fetal growth and the immune system. AHV Udder boluses can assist cows to clean up their udder (1-5th lactation cows are recommended) by supporting the cow’s own immune system to flush out the unfavorable bacteria and biofilm. After clearing the udder, discomfort and lack of energy will result in much fewer udder health challenges. All AHV solutions are plant- based with zero milk or meat withhold.
How we work
If you do Herd Testing, based on your herd test information, your AHV Territory Manager reviews each cow’s SCC history and estimates how much biofilm (containing unfavorable bacteria) is present in her udder. Remember, these bacteria will break out of the biofilm when a cow is a stressful environment or in negative energy balance. If you don’t do herd testing, we can also support you after discussing your cow’s health and history with you.
We tailor our solutions one of two ways:
- We assist with cleaning up the udder well before TAD to OAD transition (4 weeks beforehand), so there are very few bacteria left to break out of the biofilm at times of discomfort or lack of energy. This is done by giving AHV Quick, Extra and Aspi boluses. This approach, depending on how close to drying off it is done, may also support effective drying off without use of traditional methods.
- We support with relief (AHV Aspi bolus) and energy (AHV Booster bolus) to support the immune system and keep the unfavorable bacteria in the biofilm, which support healthy milk values. AHV Booster Bolus also supports the cow to adapt to her new diet more easily.
At all times, your Territory Manager will continue to work with you to review results and optimize your herd health.
What are the benefits of the AHV solutions?
Using our solutions, the cow’s milk production, milk values and udder health are supported. More energy remains available for milk production and calf growth instead of feeding the immune system. This enables you to keep one mob of cows, extend lactation if needed (if cow is not in calf) without milk value challenges.
Get in touch!
Would you like to be visited by an Territory Manager to discuss the health challenges on your farm together? Our AHV Territory Manager will be happy to visit you to jointly assess the health of your cows and come up with appropriate farm-specific advice.
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