About the benefits of vitamin B for dairy cows...

Dairy producers around the world are always looking for ways to increase prenatal feed intake, reduce metabolic and infectious threats, increase milk and milk components and improve reproductive performance. Vitamin B supplementation is one of the solution aids.

In recent years, an increase in milk performance in cows has been associated with an increase in negative energy balance, which adversely affects postpartum health, and a decline in reproductive performance during peak milking.

Decreased feed intake

Decreased feed intake is a problem caused by rapid fat burning, where the cow has to utilise body fat to meet energy requirements that double or triple during the critical period of transition.

Inadequate energy supply after calving can lead to a higher risk of metabolic disorders, higher occurrence of inflammatory diseases and poor reproduction. This may tell us that the degree of negative energy balance in early lactation and the rate of recovery from it is critical for health status and reproduction.

Vitamin B is a known solution

Injecting B Vitamins into cows intravenously or intramuscularly with dextrose after calving was one solution and showed reasonable results improving the cow's general condition. However, starting earlier and preventing problems before they occur is a better choice for producers to eliminate stress and save time and money.

Betra has created Group B premix supplements with essential nutrients that can increase pre-calving feed intake and accelerate the recovery of negative energy balance after calving by reducing fat mobilisation, a precursor to a better functioning, healthy liver and healthy transition.
Increased feed intake before calving

Studies and trials have shown that supplementation of transition cows with B vitamins increases prepartum feed intake, reduces ketone levels, resulting in a reduction in metritis and mastitis cases. Breeders are seeing improvements in controlling udder oedema and delayed postpartum dehiscence with this supplementation.


Breeders are seeing higher milk production and milk constituents, sustained productivity, improvements in feed efficiency, higher milk production and milk constituents in their lactating cows receiving vitamin B supplementation throughout the entire lactation period.