The transition of dairy cows through calving and commencement of lactation is a critical time and is a strong determinant of the health and performance of the cow through the full lactation period. All transition cows are at risk of clinical ketosis, characterised by partial anorexia, poor appetite and signs of nervous dysfunction including abnormal licking, poor coordination, and abnormal gait and bellowing. Clinical ketosis causes economic loss to the dairy farmer due to:
Early Detection of Subclinical Ketosis can prevent economic loss. Subclinical ketosis is defined as abnormal concentrations of circulating ketones (primarily betahydroxybutyrate) in the absence of clinical signs of ketosis. Early detection of ketosis in its subclinical stage enables introduction of feeding strategies to prevent clinical ketosis, cow malaise and economic loss to the dairy producer.
Y2587/S Novavet Ketone test strips. (25’s)