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We have been told that you have to drench Propylene Glycol!

In this way we supply a glucose precursor which helps to keep blood glucose level up already before the cow’s blood glucose level drops. This is based on the fact that propylene glycol in a drench that stimulates the insulin response. The mode of action of our dry propylene glycol is different. We start feeding this product already in the close-up ration. In this way we supply a glucose precursor which helps to keep blood glucose level up already before the cow becomes ketotic. This results in a reduced NEFA mobilisation. In this way we prevent an overload of fatty acids entering the liver. In this situation there is less burden on the liver and less keton body production. We prevent massive keton body production around calving.

What kind of symptoms can I expect when transition is not going smoothly?

Typical symptoms are: reduced appetite, dull listless behaviour, long birth process, retained placenta , early metritis, ruminal stasis , DA’s (displayed abomasum), slow starters, ketosis, milk production is low, mastitis, milk fever.

Why do we see a high percentage of metabolic disorders during transition?

Many cows suffer from acute energy and calcium shortage around calving because they have to switch over from ‘maintenance’ with low nutritional demands to ‘production’ with high demands. This sudden change-over is the problem.

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