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INSPIRECOWS! NEW YouTube Channel for Dairy Health is Launched!

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Today sees the launch of our new channel, INSPIRECOWS. Here, we will showcase great farms around the world, new products and innovation, research and news. We will interview firms and universities for the latest information and provide learning resources about key aspects of dairy health.

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INSPIRECOWS will feature “How to…” videos on common procedures on farm such as how to use a Penn State Sieve, how to check your parlour routine etc. as well as special learning sessions covering the lifetime of a Dairy Cow. We will strive to keep all of this information purely evidence-based and steer you to the relevant sources of knowledge.

What’s on now?

There will be regular uploads, so remember to click on the bell notification to ensure you don’t miss out on the latest video!

We begin the launch with knowledge-based articles on:

  • Heat Stress,
  • Ketosis,
  • Immunity and the Calf,
  • Milk fats and where they come from
  • Feed efficiency and monensin

Look out soon for farm-based features and more videos on the lifetime of a cow.

(Note that during COVID security regulations, we are restricted from entering farms, so until we are more free, we will concentrate on more knowledge-based material)


Cows on a mountain

If you have a new product, sustainable policy or research that you wish to showcase on the channel, don’t hesitate to contact us to let everyone know! We are very keen to feature the latest ideas and innovation and can show your new idea straight to the homes, tablets and mobiles of your targeted customers!

What if the industry had a new voice, that could be watched by all around the world?

What if great dairy producers had a platform to show the best of their farms?

What if there was a Global place for farmers, researchers and innovators to connect?

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have one stage, where everyone in Dairy could reach and learn from each other, as well as share their experiences and new products that celebrate dairy health?


A new review by Inspire Cattle Solutions finds that the evidence supports the optimum range to target Age at First Calving (AFC) is 22-25 months:

  • Below this can reduce yields up to 800kgs in the first lactation
  • Above this can reduce yields up to 600kg in the first lactation
  • AFC greater than 25 months can reduce survival to second lactation
  • AFC of 22-24 months supports better first service conception rates

What does this mean in terms of value to dairy farmers?

Aiming for target weights and carefully monitoring growth during heifer rearing pays off sooner than you think: When Lactation 1 cows get to day 150-180 in milk, they can OVERTAKE the older cows in yield (this is called first lactation persistency). Therefore, they can bring the AVERAGE herd yield above your TMR target and create more profitable milk. Plus, cows, that dry off at higher yields tend to give higher yields in the next lactation (as long as transition is managed well).

So, when you next walk through the barn, look at each stall slot and ask whether or not it could be occupied by a more profitable cow. Reaching AFC targets can ensure you have replacements to be able to make this choice!

REFERENCED ARTICLE: Steele, (2020), “Age at First Calving in Dairy Cows: Which months do you aim for to maximise productivity?” Veterinary Evidence, 5 (1), Open Access

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Some dairies like to fill their farms with female dairy heifers to cope with “what if?” scenarios. Disease challenges and reproductive disasters happen, right? Other businesses find it hard to fill empty spaces and struggle to find the replacements, so it’s hard to get that Sweet Spot for greatest potential and lowest rearing losses.

A new model has been developed which helps producers ask themselves when to keep heifers and when to decide for them not to enter the milking herd. Whether or not to use sexed semen, conventional or beef (for the lower genetic performers) is up to the individual management system and farm environment but careful decisions on what to do when serving heifers are clearly essential for maximising profitability.

Mike Overton and Kevin Dhyvetter write in the Journal of Dairy Science, of a system based on modelling data from 50 US Holstein dairy herds. They looked at factors to include when considering heifer rearing costs (below)

Then they looked at potential losses if the decisions to keep or sell/cull were not ideal. Costs ranged between US$1,700 and US$2,400.

Profitability appeared to be influenced mainly by rate of weight gain in youngstock and genetic potential, raising yields and resilience to disease.

Check the paper out in the Journal of Dairy Science 2020

Helping Micron BioSystems and Granda Zootecnici make better connections in Animal Health

A recent WIN for two companies looking for improved ways of providing excellent technical services together with great quality products. Micron BioSystems make and distribute quality silage inoculants and immune supporting neutraceuticals and Granda Zootecnici distribute animal health solutions and consulting services on farms. By connecting the technical knowledge of Micron’s products and working with the technical portfolio of Granda’s products, Inspire Cattle Solutions was able to improve both client relations and technical confidence in both companies.


Together, the Micron market access team and Inspire Cattle Solutions visited Granda’s offices in the beautiful Piedmont region of Italy, near Turin. By explaining the technical aspects of Micron’s products and fitting this with Granda’s excellent on-farm consulting services, the two companies were able to make better connections and build a healthier future for both business and their customers.

Advance Grass has Enzymes and Bacteria to help gain more energy from YOUR silage

A big thank you to the Micron and Granda Zootecnici Teams to make this union happen! Italian dairy farmers can expect access to better silage energy provision through ADVANCE inoculants in this year’s cut and future milk value.