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Stable milk performance despite heat stress

Heat stress reduces the milk performance

High ambient temperature, intensive radiation and rising humidity are a challenge for the metabolism of dairy cows. If the "thermonetrual zone" (between 4 and 16 ° C) is left, the ability to transfer the metabolic heat to the environment decreases. The consequences are lower milk performance with lower ingredients, reduced fertility and hoof health.


Trials to behaviour of cows at heat stress show, that the quantity of visiting the troughs is significant reduced (see figure 1). In the trial the feed- and energy intake of high-lactating cows decrease about 10 % when temperature rises to 17-23°C. In addition to appropriate stall air-conditioning, it is important to prevent the heat-related losses with targeted feeding measures.


1. Secure feed intake

Microbial heating of feed formulation through yeast decrease feed hygiene significant, reduce palatability and thereby the total energy-intake. Formulations, which tend to heating, should be protected with Silostar TMR-products. They inhibit yeast growth effectively, improve palatability and energetic supply with glucoplastics (blood sugar forming) substances.


2. Stabilizing the pH-value of blood and rumen

Increased respiratory rate, sweating and higher salivation through the heat causes substantial losses of bicarbonate, which affectes the pH-value of blood and rumen. Rindamin BP, with a special combination of buffer substances for blood and rumen, acts stabilising and supports milk ingredients.


3. Supporting the rumen fermentation

A recommendation for heat stress is to make the formulation rich in crude fibre significantly. The resulting disadvantage of a lower energy concentration must then be tolerated. The active ingredient complexes Rumivital and Rumivital i contained in the Rindaspzeial, Rindaminn and rindavit programs increase the digestibility of the ration and improve the energy supply of the cows.


4. Increase energy supply

Support the metabolism stability of dairy cows with rumen compatible energy enhancer. Tirsana contains glucoplastic substances which increase the blood glucose level sustainably. The rumen-protected fat components of the SCHAUMANN Energy products evaluate the ration highly energetically and ensure a stable, ruminant nutrient supply.

feeding behaviour of cows at heat stress

The use of Rindamin BP inceases the quantity of milk fat and milk protein

(example, n = 400 cows)

How to recognise heat stress