Health Column

The art of the physical exam

I have attended many meetings where speakers discuss how to find sick cows in your herd. But then what? Let’s take a few minutes to determine what to do with these cows once we find them. FULL STORY »

Tips for the transition period

The transition period of 30 days before calving to 70 days after calving is a critical time for the cow. Mistakes during this time can jeopardize her entire lactation and affect how long she ultimately stays on the dairy. FULL STORY »

Is your drug use legal?

If outside forces had their way, antibiotic usage on farm would stop today. So, if we want to continue to have medications available to treat sick animals and to relieve pain and suffering, due diligence is required by all of us. FULL STORY »

Listen to your cows

What if cows could speak? FULL STORY »

Combat E. Coli 0175:H7

The strain of E. coli known as 0157:H7 is once again in the news. This time it’s not because of a disease outbreak associated with tainted hamburger, but one associated with contaminated spinach. FULL STORY »

Learn from success and failure

A recent issue of the Journal of Dairy Science covered advances in the dairy industry over the past 25 years. FULL STORY »

The hand that milks the cow

When is the last time you stopped and thought about who is milking your cows — and how? Well, I’m asking you to think about it now. FULL STORY »

Understanding mycotoxins

During the past few months, we have seen several herds with diarrhea, unusual digestive upsets and unexpected deaths. FULL STORY »

Start calves off right

Research has shown that disease rates for preweaned calves range from 1 percent to 50 percent on farm. FULL STORY »

Learn to become systematic

Milk the cows. Feed the cows. Feed the calves. Pick the sires. Catch cows in heat. Breed cows. Deliver calves. Treat cows. Milk the cows… FULL STORY »

Avoid a mastitis meltdown

I recently observed the economic collapse of several dairies brought about by contagious mastitis. FULL STORY »

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