Feed International - August 2017 - Cover2
With dairy cows, it is important to control production by focusing on a number of
factors: nutrition, the environment, sanitary issues, etc. Yet the performance of these
animals is inferior to their potential.
Time budgeting and dairy cows
Preserving the natural behaviour of cows in
stalls protects the well-being of the animals and
boosts the dairy farm's productivity. According
to Grant, a dairy cow's activity can be broken
down as follows: 12 to 14 hours/day of sleeping/resting; 7 to 10 hours/day of rumination;
3 to 5 hours/day of feeding; 2 to 3 hours/
day of socialisation; 0.5 hours/day of watering, and 2.5 to 3.5 hours/day of milking and
walking. A direct correlation exists between a
dairy cow's rest time and its productivity. Furthermore, an animal will seek this rest time itself,
even if it means cutting down feed time. Milk
production is penalised de facto by a reduction
in the dry matter ingested every day, as well as
by excessive quantities ingested at less frequent
The VeO concept:
a unique mode of action
Laboratoires Phodé have designed a new concept
based on its research: VeO is a complex product,
mainly composed of a specific natural extract of
Citrus sinensis, known for its anti-stress benefits.
One of its features is also its exclusive galenic
technology «Crystalline Impregnation», which
allows the feed to transport its main active ingredients from the olfactory system to the brain's
ecosystem. VeO decreases the brain's perception
of stress. It also stimulates the reward pathway,
thereby favouring the best possible response by
the animal to perceived stress.
VeO has been tested in various stress situations
found in breeding environments: stress caused by
heat, density, handling, re-grouping, response to
A new approach to livestock
Laboratoires Phodé view animal farming from
a holistic perspective, which achieves performance objectives through a «Better-Being» approach.
With their extensive research on the impact of
olfactive molecules on the brain, Laboratoires
Phodé have demonstrated how olfaction can
positively influence animals' perception of their
environment. Our research thus aims to identify
and better understand the effects of qualified
functional sensory molecules and plant extracts
on physiology, behaviour, «Better-Being» and
finally on the performance of living beings.
Better rested cows
In various academic and field studies, Laboratoires Phodé have demonstrated that the behaviour of dairy cows changes after ingesting
VeO in their total mixed ration. Compared to a
contemporary control group, the number of daily
steps drops significantly by 38%. The animals'
lying time exceeds 28%. With VeO, dairy cows
rest more and ruminate better. Milk production
and feed efficiency improve by 7%.
VeO is a unique concept that allows
for high performance in the most
demanding animal breeding situations
by focusing on the «Better-Being» of
the individual animals
Grant, R. J. 2003. Taking advantage of dairy cow
behavior: cost of ignoring time budgets.
DAIRY COWS TO OPTIMISE