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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.


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Benefits of using TMS

Monthly farm visit

 

  • Independent cow assessment
  • Identifies transition issues
  • Highlights problem cows
  • Follow-up report for farm and feed adviser

 

Transition and performance

 

  • Identifies impact of transition performance on milk yield
  • Focuses attention on target BCS and rumen fill to maximise milk output and revenue
  • Links metabolic problems to impaired milk production

 

Fertility risk predicator

 

  • Accurately predicts each cow’s chance of getting in-calf by 100 or 150 days in-milk
  • Identifies individual cows to target reproductive management

 

Cow comfort model

 

  • Assessment of cow comfort and impact on transition outcomes
  • Identifies areas for improvement
  • Tracking to see effects of changes made on-farm

 

Financial mode

 

  • Shows actual cost of transition and metabolic issues on a ppl basis
  • Identifies hidden losses to help management decisions

Fertility risk predictor

 

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.

Monthly TMS reviews

Fresh Cows

 

  • Body condition score
  • Rumen fill
  • Hock hygiene
  • Lameness
  • Metabolic issues

 

Dry Cows

 

  • Body condition score
  • Rumen fill
  • Lameness

 

Farm Data

  • Number of cows leaving the herd before 100 days
  • Milk records of individual cows to predict potential metabolic issues

Transition Cow Management Toolkit Hub

Transition Cow Management Toolkit Hub

Your essential toolkit guide to transition cow management

 

 

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