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Animal Health Center

Necropsy: Find value in death

An autopsy – generally called a necropsy for animals — is the examination of a body after death. Many dairy producers often do not realize a necropsy’s significant value, especially if the apparent cause of death seems quite certain. The cause of death may seem so likely there is no apparent value to perform an examination. However, there are often other underlying lesions or disease processes that can provide significant information – both for the individual animal and the overall herd.

Nutrition

Best practices for harvesting alfalfa

Growers and dairy producers require high-quality alfalfa forages, which makes timing of harvest critical. It’s important to determine forage quality in the field to optimize harvest timing, especially in the spring.

Animal Health Center

The truth about Staph. aureus

Staphylococcus aureus is a contagious type of bacteria that can spread from cow to cow at the time of milking. Infected cows will have a chronically high somatic cell count, many of which will be ‘millionaires’. To make matters worse, it is very difficult to get rid of these bacteria with antibiotic treatment. We, therefore, have to turn our attention to preventing these infections from occurring.

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