Premier Nutrition’s Transition Management System is helping farmers and feed advisers improve cow health and production by evaluating performance during the transition period (30 days pre-calving to 30 days post-calving).
The Transition Management System (TMS), which was launched in 2013, is the only UK onfarm service recording and evaluating key parameters impacting cow health and performance during the transition period.
With poor transition into lactation for high yielding cows costing UK dairy farmers up to 5p/litre in production losses on every litre leaving the farm, as well as long-term herd health implications, evaluating cow health at this critical period is essential.
TMS is free to join and involves a trained independent assessor visiting monthly to rate all dry and fresh cows in areas including body condition score, rumen fill, lameness and metabolic incidences which, combined with milk recording data, gives significant insight into individual cow performance as well as overall transition performance and provides focus areas where improvements can be made.
Following the visit, the online TMS report not only helps to pinpoint where changes will improve dry and fresh cow performance, but also identifies impacts on milk yield and demonstrates where metabolic problems are impairing milk production.
Analysis can also be seen on a three-, six- and 12-month rolling basis, making it easy to assess whether changes are having a desired effect.
Monthly farm visit
Transition and performance
Fertility risk predicator
Cow comfort model
The fertility risk predictor is an exceptional tool to help with reproductive management decisions for each cow and details its chances of getting in-calf by 100 or 150 days in-milk.
For longer term users, this means consecutive lactations can be compared to evaluate individual cow fertility performance, allowing selection decisions to be made with regard to a cow’s long-term position in the herd.
TMS is now being used as a means to help farmers use transition to drive overall herd milking performance.
All data generates a TMS score and a monthly report which, when received, should be reviewed with your nutritionist and/or vet.
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