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Eamon O’Connell: A bowl of soup a day won’t keep the vet away – why post-calving diet is vital for your cows

Cows need to eat a lot after giving birth to get their milk production back up and to avoid illness – so pay close attention to their feed

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Transition period: Cows must really be taken care of in these first few days after calving. If they’re not, there are lots of things that can go wrong. Photo: Roger Jones

Transition period: Cows must really be taken care of in these first few days after calving. If they’re not, there are lots of things that can go wrong. Photo: Roger Jones

Transition period: Cows must really be taken care of in these first few days after calving. If they’re not, there are lots of things that can go wrong. Photo: Roger Jones

After a busy morning last week, I arrived back at our vet practice accompanied by the sound of my stomach rumbling.

It had been an early start, and the bowl of Cheerios I wolfed down at 6.30am hadn’t been nearly enough to keep the hunger pangs at bay.


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