There is a wide body evidence now that suggests using non steroidal anti- inflammatories (NSAIDs) can help to reduce stress (as measured by cortisol in the blood), increase feed intakes and improve performance, up to an impressive 225kg per lactation if given to 1st lactation animals at the point of calving. However, sometimes the decision to use a NSAID can be complicated by milk withdrawal.
We stock several different NSAIDs, including a new zero milk withdrawal long acting pain relief that could help benefit these cows. This kind of product is ideal for those fresh calving cows that may need some support, but equally a great option to consider for any lame cows treated that don’t need an antibiotic for the lesion found. Please speak to your vet for more information about which NSAID is most appropriate for different conditions.
The key things to remember are that if we can make a cow feel more comfortable, she’s more likely to head to the feed face. If she does this she is more likely to have sufficient energy to fight off infection, optimise her production and prepare herself to get back in calf again. It’s a win, win…. And if in doubt just remember… No Pain, More Gains!