Causes for culling of dairy cattle - Practical Experience
Causes for culling of dairy cattle - Practical Experience

Causes for culling dairy cattle

Problem:

  • many cows are gone before their 4th lactation → no profit generated yet
  • costs for rearing about € 1,500 per animal → additional loss
Profit development (€ per cow) with 30,000 kg life cycle performance1)

End of 3rd lactation (milk price 0.27 €/kg)

profit development with dairy cows

profit with dairy cows depends on many factors

Profit dependent on:

  • milk price
  • production cost
  • milk yield
Main reasons for culling dairy cattle2):

culling reasons for dairy cows

about 50 % of culling depends directly and indirectly on claw health!

claw health of dairy cattle enhances longevity

  • claw health affects fertility, performance and metabolism3)

  • is often underestimated → vicious circle

Soft walking and lying areas can positively affect claw health!

Sources:

1) Wangler, A.: „Beziehungen zwischen Erkrankungen und Abgangsursache bei Milchkühen”, 2007

2) Wangler, A.: „Forschungsbericht LFA Mecklenburg-Vorpommern”, Elite 1, 2006

3) Werny, R.: „Einfluss elastischer Spaltenbodenauflagen im Boxenlaufstall auf die Fruchtbarkeit und die Energiebilanz laktierender Kühe”, 2014

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