Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production

Avoiding unnecessary costs by maintaining transition health.

Posted November 18, 2020 by Dr. Elliot Block, Research Fellow and Director of Research

Avoidable costs are unnecessary costs—always have been and always will be.

It’s why dairy producers like you remain vigilant about identifying any part of the operation where additional (and preventable) expenses might compromise your bottom line and the ultimate success of your herd.

The numbers show that maintaining transition health is an excellent way to avoid those unnecessary expenses. Let’s count just a few of the costs:

  • A single displaced abomasum can steal $340 from your profits
  • One case of milk fever typically costs $334
  • You stand to lose approximately $145 on each case of ketosis1

And those are just the more easily quantifiable expenses. When calculating the impact of maintaining transition health, you’ll also want to consider subclinical transition health issues. Specifically, the bottom-line benefits of experiencing fewer disease incidents, getting consistently higher start-up milk, reducing metritis and increasing pregnancy rates. Or the added income from getting one more productive lactation out of each cow.

Since transition health is so essential to lactation success, finding ways to maintain it during this critical period is a great way to support your bottom line. Get the research.

A proven path to avoiding the avoidable.

The close-up ration helps set the stage for optimal performance in upcoming lactations. And one proven nutritional tool during transition is dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) balancing.

DCAD Balancing Equation

Interestingly, a ration that’s negative DCAD prepartum is a great way to deliver positive transition health results. The diagram shows just one example: how it helps reduce the risks associated with milk fever.

negative DCAD prepartum helps reduce risks associated with milk fever 

Another key to maintaining transition health is the amino acid profile. Metabolizable protein, or MP, is the form of protein that’s digested postruminally and supplies essential amino acids which are vital to dairy cattle maintenance and productivity. Get the research.

Metabolizable Protein Diagram 

Prepartum diet success.

One way to feed negative DCAD and the MP your cows need to maintain transition health is by including BIO-CHLOR™ in rations.

Only BIO-CHLOR delivers more bang for your transition buck by providing both the all-important negative DCAD needed and metabolizable protein. And it does it in a single consistent formulation that you can count on every time.

With BIO-CHLOR, you can reduce clinical and subclinical hypocalcemia, metritis and displacements while you’re capitalizing on known prepartum diet success.

A research recap for the requesting.

Since maintaining transition health is such an important way to protect your profitability, there’s obviously more to say about all this, much more. And we’ve recapped some of the latest insights from industry research to make you even better equipped to avoid the unnecessary costs of transition health issues.


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About Elliot Block

Elliot Block, PhD, serves as Senior Research Fellow & Director of Technology and R&D at Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production. His responsibilities include managing the global tech services team and using his extensive research background to provide insight on product applications across the globe.




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