Sponsored by MS Biotec
The effects of sub-acute ruminal acidosis (SARA) on the performance and health of dairy cattle is well known. In this session, Dr. Costa will present examples of how monitoring feeding behavior and early intervention can positively affect the dairy operation. Current research related to milk cow and calf management during challenging times of diet transition when susceptibility to SARA is greatest will also be discussed.
Dr. Joao Costa is an assistant professor in the dairy program at the University of Kentucky. He leads a research program on precision dairy farming, dairy cattle nutrition, management and welfare. Prior to joining the University of Kentucky in 2017, Dr. Costa completed an agricultural engineering degree and a master’s degree at his home university in Brazil. His PhD and post-doctoral studies were completed at UBC in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Costa has extensively investigated the effects of precision tools, focusing on monitoring feeding behavior and the use of nutritional and probiotic interventions in dairy cow and calf management.