Livestock and Climate Change: Fact or Fiction
Growing global demands for dairy products could strongly increase environmental pressures. Knowledge exists to improve efficiencies in dairy production and lessons can be learned from modern production successes that can reduce the environmental footprint of a dairy. Sustainable intensification is called for, where technology transfers from developed to developing countries occur along with knowledge of efficiency improvements. The goal is to supply a growing demand for dairy products using sustainable and modern production practices without depleting the world’s natural resources.
The transition from late pregnancy to the onset of lactation is the most challenging period in the life of a dairy cow – metabolically, health-wise, and nutritionally. The interaction of these factors sets the tone for each cows’ milk production and reproductive success during lactation. The presentation will explore how the interaction of feed intake, energy metabolism and health status during the transition period can exert carry-over effects on reproductive performance of cows.
Livestock; Climate change