Acetona® is a product range and feeding concept for transition period. By giving attention to the feeding of transition cows we can help prevent many of the problems that can lead to culling. Acetona® range offers a tool to optimize and manage feeding around parturition. 

Main targets of the concept are:

  • To optimise dietary cation-anion and mineral element balance of prepartum diet.
  • To strengthen immune status around calving.
  • To enhance rumen fermentation and microbial activity.
  • To maintain blood glucose level to alleviate negative energy balance.

Cow tends to suffer from negative energy balance several weeks after calving. The intake capacity of the rumen is low after the dry period and the size of rumen is small since the population of rumen microbes is not accustomed to a high concentrate diet. This often leads to poor feed intake after calving. After the stress of calving the cow’s immune system is weakened and more susceptible to disease. The cow loses weight, milk yield doesn’t increase as expected and the risk of fertility and healthy problems increases.

It is therefore important to increase the cow’s blood glucose level and boost rumen function after calving. Glucose level in blood is the signal for energy metabolism. If there is not enough glucose produced from the diet, the cow will mobilize body tissues. Mobilization increases the content of FFA (free fatty acids) and ketone bodies in the blood and puts a strain on the liver, both of which can lead to metabolism diseases (ketoses). Rumen microbes ferment VFA, which is the most important source of glucose for ruminant!

Hypocalcaemia (milk fever), particularly in subclinical form, is the most common subclinical disease around calving. Poor feed intake, delayed calving, retained placenta and mastitis are often connected to subclinical milk fever.  The problems that occur already during the dry period reflect to next lactation and may reduce health and productivity.