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What does time of calving tell us?

A recent review of the “Calving Management Manual,” a publication produced by veterinary researchers at Colorado State University, reminded me of the popular practice that dairy producers sometimes borrow from cow-calf producers. FULL STORY »

Set up vaccines for success

Whenever I see a vaccine fail to produce the benefits expected, I am presented with a teachable moment. In addition to explaining why vaccines can sometimes fail, I also take the opportunity to explain how producers can help tip the scales in their favor when it comes to vaccine success. FULL STORY »

What is the ideal culling rate?

After numerous meetings and roundtable discussions, I am certain of only one thing — when it comes to culling rates, no one agrees. Unfortunately, lenders and investors look closely at this number and can draw some improper conclusions unless the details are investigated. FULL STORY »

It’s time to rethink resting the rumen and udder

Recent research and producer initiatives have caused the industry to challenge conventional wisdom about the dry period. FULL STORY »

No cow left behind

Readers of this column know that I sometimes relate my experiences as a school board member to my experiences as a dairy veterinarian. FULL STORY »

A potential breakthrough in ensuring disease-free colostrum

In previous columns, I’ve preached the importance of not infecting the youngest members of your herd with pathogens that can cause contagious mastitis, Johne’s disease, viral disease and salmonellosis. FULL STORY »

Take a stand on antibiotic resistance

Resistance to antibiotics is a phenomenon that has been observed in bacterial populations ever since antibiotics were discovered. FULL STORY »

You can prevent hardware disease

It amazes me how I can go months without seeing a case of hardware disease, and then have several occur in a short period of time. I recently had a hardware problem at a local farm that reminded me how important it is to investigate a problem thoroughly before recommending preventive measures, and to follow up to check on compliance. FULL STORY »

Intestinal disease on the rise

Recent discussions among dairy veterinarians and herd owners suggest that "jejunal hemorrhagic disease," or "intestinal hemorrhagic syndrome," is on the rise. FULL STORY »

Minimize summer fresh-cow problems

Each summer, I find myself working with producers on the problems that occur when cows and heifers freshen during the heat and humidity that we have in south Georgia. Some fresh-cow problems are always present, but during this time of year the incidence of metritis, ketosis, displaced abomasum (DA) or cows off feed increases. To minimize problems, several areas need to be addressed. FULL STORY »

Say "no" to magic potions

The dairy industry must do everything it can to always deliver consistent high-quality products to consumers. FULL STORY »

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