The 6th National Dairy Days of Villa María this year had as its backbone the essential aspects that make up the nutrition of the herd. , and the participation of important companies in the sector. The TodoAgro invitation at the Amerian Park Hotel in Villa María, this year had as its axis the essential aspects that make up the nutrition of the herd, with the formation of meals, the incorporation of by-products, the management of the environment and personnel in the compensation and ecological sustainability of the schemes.
With lectures from leading local experts in nutrition, Villa María is placed at the top of the national references of dairy activities, offering technical and technological answers so that all producers can continue to produce within the system. In a year in which the material accumulated in the silos is not the best due to climatic conditions, and nutrition management will be a challenge to maintain milk production in Argentina, said TodoAgro content director, José Iachetta.
At the opening of the event, the head of Inta Villa María, Sergio Dequino, said it was time to start spinning the “fine thread” of dairy farms in terms of nutrition and staffing. When the day was officially opened, the Director of Health of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Nutrition of Córdoba, Alfredo Ciro Díaz, pointed out that the 2012 vaccination campaign against foot-and-mouth disease revealed that the trend of the decline in the number of herds in the province was reversed. , and provided encouraging data for the dairy industry.
Veterinarian Gabriel Gualdoni, president of the Argentine Chamber of Animal Nutrition Companies, addressed the global food situation and the participation of dairy farming in the creation of greenhouse gases. He focused on the projection of milk as a brand, competition with other products and the need to spread the benefits of its consumption. Defending the profitability and sustainability of the sector was part of his statements.
Managing cows in transition and mitigating the effects of peripartum were the focus of the presentation by Juan María Baeck, cattle nutrition consultant, who called for attention to the timing of the animal’s metabolic adaptation and a strong reduction in mortality during this period. . Fernando Orías, professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Río Cuarto, focused on the assessment of animal feeding practices, protein needs before and after calving, ruminal degradability that some feed can produce and the importance of dividing the herd into specific diets according to the dynamics of each individual, depending about days of lactation. He emphasized that by adjusting the management of cows in transition and setting reasonable goals, the production cost per liter of milk can be reduced by more than 20 lipas.
One of the notable participants at the 6th National Milk Days was Nicolás Di Lorenzo, professor at the University of Florida (USA), specialist in ruminant nutrition, who addressed the participation of distilled grains in rodeo feeding. The important contribution of Burundi protein and the percentage of its inclusion in the dairy diet were two factors that were taken into account. In this sense, he indicated that burlanda is an excellent source of energy, suitable for dry cows, breeding and lactating cows, and that it can be added from 15% to 25% to herd meals, depending on different circumstances.
The storage of this by-product, which will begin to exist in large quantities after the commissioning of ethanol plants, was also a key topic in his speech.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Hernán Re was in charge of animal welfare and factors that can affect consumption, such as diseases, environment and management. He highlighted the nutritional goals that must be followed in order to contribute to the best economic results and what aspects should be observed of the cow to assess its condition.
Finally, Juan José Couderc, manager of Nowet Animal Nutrition, highlighted the business opportunity of fattening Holando males in the feedlot and the projections of the Argentine beef and veal market.