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HealthyLife
Programme for Sustainable Dairy Farming

Increase milk production per lactation

HealthyLife
Programme for Sustainable Dairy Farming

Increase milk production per lactation

Good transition management results in optimal peak milk production

A resilient dairy cow is a cow that deals with transitions successfully, increasing the chances to express all her genetic potential to produce milk29,30,31. Resilient dairy cows have less day-to-day variation in milk production and a slower decline in milk production29. As a result, they reach peak production between 50 and 70 days in milk. To reach her peak production:

  • Her calving process should be smooth with minimal amounts of stress
  • A balanced diet should be provided that contains all the nutrients she needs to produce milk but it should also contain sufficient amounts of fibre
  • Feeding management should give her free access to fresh feed and fresh water throughout the day, enabling her to eat 12 meals per day

Studies carried out by the ILVO in Belgium18 showed that if a farm increases its average production from 27 to 30 kg per day, methane emission per kg of milk produced will go down by up to 8.4%. A HealthyLife programme offers the tools to manage the transition to lactation in an optimal way, ensuring that cows reach their peak production between 50 and 70 days in milk.

Calculate your profit!
See how sustainable dairy farming will result in more profitability of your farm

In contrast to common belief, it is very well possible to run a farm in a sustainable way while generating a healthy income.

Calculate your profit by influencing the 4 key HealthyLife indicators that help improve the Lifetime Daily Yield on your farm.

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Calculate your profit!
See how sustainable dairy farming will result in more profitability of your farm

In contrast to common belief, it is very well possible to run a farm in a sustainable way while generating a healthy income.

Calculate your profit by influencing the
4 key HealthyLife indicators that help improve the Lifetime Daily Yield on your farm.

Go to calculator

Increase the potential for milk production with the LifeStart programme

The LifeStart programme brings together the latest science about calf rearing and translates this into practical advice.
With the LifeStart rearing programme the age at first calving can be reduced to 22 months. Next to reducing the age at first calving the LifeStart programme will also improve milk production during the first and second lactation and reduce the involuntary culling rate19.

Resilient cows have less day-to-day variation in milk production and a slower decline

Wilmink curve25 which shows that resilient cows have less day-to-day variation in milk production and a slower decline because they are better able to cope with the metabolic changes during the transition. As a result, they reach peak production between 50 and 70 days.