What is the lifespan of a Holstein cow?

Holstein cow

What is the average lifespan of a Holstein cow?

The lifespan of a Holstein cow will vary, depending on multiple factors. These include the following:

  • Genetics
  • Nutrition
  • Management practices

By selectively breeding animals, geneticists are able to select gene traits which are associated with longer lifespans. Traits including; disease resistance, joint and bone strength and feed efficiency, will all contribute to the longevity of your cow. If you want to invest in your herd’s genetics, try using Sexcel®, Genus ABS’ sexed semen, which is rated number one for fertility. By using Sexcel®, you can be confident in your herd’s genetic progress. This way you can monitor the traits of the bull semen on Bull Search.

A typical Holstein cow will live between six and eight years in a commercial dairy operation. However, some animals may live upwards of 10 years in exceptional circumstances.

How can I extend my cow’s lifespan?

If you are concerned about the lifespan of your herd, you can implement actions to keep your animals as fit and healthy as possible. These actions include; regular veterinary care, keeping their living environments clean (especially in houses), and feeding them a good, healthy diet.

To ensure your animals are consuming the most nutritious diet possible, why not try Powerstart®, the Genus ABS silage additive. Powerstart® grants you access to all of the sugars available in the grass you harvest, creating a delicious and nutritious silage for your herd.

Monitoring the cleanliness of your herd’s environment will limit the spread of disease on your farm.

You can also take extra steps to ensure the hygiene of your animals, by using udder care products, such as Valiant™. This is used as a preventative tool to combat against bacteria and other things which may cause disease.

Keeping cubicles and passageways clean is an important step for improving overall udder cleanliness. A clean udder in the milking parlour will result in a more effective clean pre-milking.

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