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How long should cows stay in the fresh pen?

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Have you found a sweet spot for transitioning cows from a fresh diet to a lactating diet?

To keep post-calving stress at a minimum, many producers provide a separate pen for fresh cows, giving this group more individualized attention, comfortable space and a specific fresh-cow diet. But how much time in the pen is ideal? Jefo Nutrition’s Kara Ortega reviews an article from the Miner Institute’s Farm Report that helps answer that question. Read about why it’s important to get fresh cows off to a good start, plus review some of the more recent research regarding the duration of stay in the fresh cow pen and how it can influence lactational performance.

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