Health Column

What makes a cow stop eating?

You know that the cost of feeding cows is milk production’s highest expense. Therefore, much attention has been given to proper ration formulation, ration monitoring, feeding high quality forages and evaluating the cost of ration inputs to get maximum milk production and maintain cow health. FULL STORY »

How to deal with neurological conditions

Neurologic diseases in cows are not uncommon, but they are not something that we see every day. Often, when dairy producers find a cow with neurological signs they assume it is something very severe and elect to euthanize the cow. FULL STORY »

People power

Several years ago, I asked a dairy farmer if it was easier for him to manage his cows or his employees. He responded with a laugh and said “the cows are much easier.” FULL STORY »

Harvest-floor revelations

The Cargill Regional Beef Plant in Pennsylvania harvests about 1,600 head of cattle per day, with about 70 percent of the total being market (cull) dairy cattle. FULL STORY »

A message from Mother Nature

Here’s some advice to keep your cows and calves warm and cozy this winter. FULL STORY »

Tips to manage and prevent DAs

Left displacement of the abomasum (LDA) is one of the most common surgical diseases we see in dairy cattle. The incidence rate of LDA varies widely between dairy farms, but a reasonable goal would be less than 3 to 5 percent of fresh cows developing a LDA. FULL STORY »

If you don’t seek, you won’t find

I find that certain diseases or conditions go unrecognized on many dairies because a complete exam is not done on a routine basis. But if you don’t look for it, you won’t find it. FULL STORY »

Load 'em up, head 'em out

Here are some considerations to help cows prepare for a transportation event. FULL STORY »

Welcome new faces

As I drove through the countryside on farm calls this week, I thought how fortunate I am to have a job where I enjoy the outdoors and work with a great group of farmers in an industry that I cherish. FULL STORY »

Re-examine your fresh cow routine

It’s commonplace on some farms to give a fresh cow a bottle of calcium just after calving. FULL STORY »

A wealth of health information

When milk prices declined, parts of the country saw dramatic decreases in the number of dairy herds that participated in Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) testing. FULL STORY »

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