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 »
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 »
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 »
Call a Staph meeting
Mastitis caused by Staphylococcus aureus remains a significant problem in dairy herds. Since the introduction of control programs two decades ago, the disease occurs in less than 5 percent of cows nationally. However, more than 80 percent of dairy farms have Staph aureus-infected animals. FULL STORY »
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