A note from our Nutrition Department:
With the warm weather upon us, the JFM Dairy Team would like to remind dairy producers to begin implementing heat stress strategies for both dry and lactating cows. Managing heat stress with on farm tools, like fans and misters is important, but there are also nutritional strategies to help mitigate heat stress. JFM Blueline helps keep cows hydrated and manage their body temperature, keeping cows cool from the inside out. In addition to keeping cows cool, research has shown that cows fed Blueline maintain higher production through times of heat stress.
Additionally, the warmer weather can depress intakes in cows. Feeding more at night when it is cooler can help keep intakes up. This can also limit any heating that may occur at the bunk during the warm months.
Finally, as flies start buzzing around the barn, talk to your JFM rep about products for fly control. In addition to control around the barn, garlic is available to add to your premix, supplements, and complete feeds for fly control at the bunk.