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EUROTIER: Dairy Fertility Focus

05 November 2010
EuroTier

GERMANY - Healthy, fertile cattle are the bedrock of successful milk production and dairy farming. Taking on this key issue, DLG, together with several research, academic and advisory boards, will host a EuroTier Special, a focus on a specific topic, to address the issue of cattle reproductive health at EuroTier 2010.

Studies have shown that a rise in the milk yield of cows is liked to a decline in fertility. While genetic factors can influence reproductive ability, a greater problem observed has been that of early foetal death in the first three weeks after fertilisation. Cattle with a high milk yield are often associated with a negative energy balance.

As a result, such “energy deficit” cows suffer from liver insufficiency in the first weeks after labour. This harms the quality of egg cells, hindering proper foetal development which may subsequently lead to foetal death. High milk yield cows are also more prone to inflammatory diseases such as udder and uterine infections, another cause for early foetal death.

Dairy fertility issues such as these will be raised at the DLG Special at EuroTier, which will cover a total of eight important themes, namely, calving, the post-natal period, optimum seasons for artificial insemination, pregnancy, feeding, herd monitoring, business and economics, and cattle care and welfare. Specialised exhibits along with veterinary experts from Germany and international academic and research centres will address questions related to maintaining and improving fertility in dairy herds. Daily short presentations to cover the main topics are held at the EuroTier cattle forum, opposite the EuroTier special. Presentations will be translated into English simultaneously.

The DLG “Dairy fertility” Special, jointly organised by DLG, will be held at hall 13, stand D14 on all four days during the show. For more information, please visit the EDF or EuroTier show websites (www.dairyfarmer.net or www.eurotier.de) or contact Dieter Mirbach,: D.Mirbach@dlg.org, phone +496924788312.

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