Special Issue "Transition Cow Health and Management—Current Challenges and Future Solutions"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2023 | Viewed by 12904
Interests: etiopathology of periparturient diseases of dairy cows; new technologies for preventing the incidence of transition cow diseases (including development of mucosal vaccines, probiotics, and grain-processing technologies, as well as identification and development of monitoring biomarkers of disease); milk composition during disease state
Interests: dairy cow nutrition and metabolism; mycotoxins
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Dairy cows are among the most important livestock animals that are capable of converting grass into food for humans in the form of milk or meat. Milk and dairy products play important roles in daily human nutrition, especially for growing children. The productive life of a cow includes a pregnancy of 9 months and lactation of 305 days. However, there is a period of almost two months when dairy cows are not milked, which is known as the dry-off period. During the dry-off period cows are fed a minimal diet for maintenance and to support the growing calf. The diet is composed of dry hay or alfalfa and a small amount of grain or silage. However, immediately after calving the ration offered changes completely to a high grain and silage diet to support milk synthesis in the mammary gland. The period from starting dry-off to the first two months after calving is known as the transition period. This period is associated with a high incidence of several periparturient diseases including metritis, mastitis, lameness, ketosis, milk fever, and retained placenta. Those diseases negatively affect the overall health and productivity of dairy cows. Although much progress has been made with respect to the understanding of the etiopathology and treatment of periparturient diseases, almost one in two cows continue to be affected by one or multiple diseases concurrently, especially postpartum. Consequently, most dairy cows (around 40% or more) end up being culled from the herd. This is devastating to dairy producers but also to the human population worldwide. An interesting observation is that the number of lactating dairy cows affected by one single disease is low. Periparturient diseases most commonly occur concurrently or consequently. Does this mean that periparturient diseases are symptoms of a syndrome, or is this just happening coincidentally? Could it be that one disease is increasing the susceptibility of the cows to other diseases? These questions make the periparturient period a very interesting area of research and an open field for intensive research. Given the importance of the transition period to the health of dairy cows, Dairy recently organized an ‘International Symposium on Health of Transition Cows’. All the speeches presented in that symposium will be published in this Special Issue. The articles that will be published address topics including the role of mycotoxins on the health of transition dairy cows, the mammary gland microbiome, lessons learned from the application of metabolomics in ketosis, mastitis, lameness, as well as new insights into cow adaptation to new lactation. The discussion will also include the future of the dairy sector in the European Union Atlantic area.
However, we would like to invite other researchers that have been working in this area of research to submit data from their research works or review articles to be published as part of this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. Burim Ametaj
Prof. Dr. Sven Dänicke
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- dairy cows
- transition period
- periparturient diseases