Kansas State University Researchers Target Inflammation To Help Dairy Cows

Animal Scientists at Kansas State University are researching how to increase dairy cow milk production over their lifetimes. A prominent issue with dairy cows is inflammation after giving birth. The cows require substantial energy to begin milk production after giving birth and they need to eat to replenish that energy. Unfortunately, most cows tend to have diminished appetites immediately following the birth of their calves. This lack of nutrients puts them in the metabolic state of keotosis, which reduces the need for glucose in brain function. While this is not immediately harmful for the cows, it reduces their productivity in the long-term. Researchers found, however, that giving the cows one simple anti-inflammatory pill after birth helped increase milk production 7-10% in the following year without any side effects for the cow’s health.

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