Revisión de los aspectos para la evaluación de la nutrición y alimentación en programas de salud de hato de ganado lechero I: evaluación del hato

Carlos Alpízar Solís

Resumen


La alimentación desempeña un rol preponderante en el rendimiento de las vacas lecheras y  busca, fundamentalmente, llenar los requerimientos nutricionales de los animales, garantizar la salud y función digestivas, así como optimizar el aprovechamiento de los recursos disponibles y las raciones, para obtener la más óptima relación beneficio-costo por alimentación. Por tanto, las prácticas de alimentación empleadas deben orientarse a cumplir alguno o todos los aspectos anteriores. Esta revisión tiene como objetivo orientar sobre los principales aspectos de la alimentación del ganado bovino que deben considerarse, como mínimo, en los programas para la atención veterinaria de fincas dedicadas a la producción de leche bovina y apoyar las labores del veterinario. Además, busca la integración de diferentes aspectos médicos y de manejo, especialmente la alimentación y de esa manera, motivar a los veterinarios encargados de atender las fincas lecheras, a desarrollar y emplear las mejores herramientas o métodos de abordaje en las fincas. Se describen aspectos que se pueden medir y evaluar en la práctica, además de ser  utilizados como referencia para el control de la alimentación, el estado nutricional, la salud ruminal, el desempeño de los animales y el balance de las raciones. Los aspectos de la nutrición y alimentación que se incluyen en el cuerpo del texto son el consumo de alimento, la condición corporal, el balance energético, la producción láctea, el metabolismo de nitrógeno y el funcionamiento y salud digestivas. Finalmente, se concluye que el manejo alimentario en la finca debe ir apoyado por el análisis integral de los datos obtenidos en la evaluación del sistema de alimentación, en conjunto con otros como la producción y reproducción; además, debe involucrarse a todo el equipo de trabajo en la evaluación de los resultados. Los esfuerzos deben orientarse a obtener las metas propuestas inicialmente para el sistema de alimentación.

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producción; leche; ganadería; sistemas de información; salud

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