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Better udder health after selective dry period

wed, 12 oct 2016
Extra attention and support for the cows during the dry period helps more cows get a healthy start. This is why Nuscience developed Mervit Dryboost. This contains dry period minerals that give that little bit extra, ensuring extra immunity around calving.

The decreasing trend of the average cell count in the Netherlands continued in 2015 at 188,000 cells per millilitre. At first sight, selective dry periods do not seem to negatively affect udder health. However, between 2011 and 2015, the percentage of cows entering the dry period with a low cell count and coming out of the dry period with a high cell count increased from 18% to 21%. In other words: no less than one fifth of all cows incurs a new infection during the dry period that manifests itself in sub-clinical mastitis.

Cows coming out of the dry period with a high cell count have a mediocre start of the lactation period in many respects. Milk production is lower, fertility lags behind and the risk of the cow carried off prematurely significantly increases. Extra attention and support for the cows during the dry period helps more cows get a healthy start. This is why Nuscience developed Mervit Dryboost. This contains dry period minerals that give that little bit extra, ensuring extra immunity around calving. 

Mervit DRYBOOST contains Aromabiotic Cattle®, a carefully balanced mixture of medium-chain fatty acids. Research conducted by Ghent University has shown that Aromabiotic Cattle® increases the longevity of neutrophil granulocytes (a specific type of white blood cells), supporting the immune system. In practical tests, the improved immunity at the time of calving resulted in healthier cows with higher milk production. The start of the stabling period is a great time to ‘dot your i’s’ in your dry-period management.

Are you also aiming for maximum immunity? If so, please contact your Nuscience contact person or send an email to info@nusciencegroup.com