All animals on our farms deserve proper care, which includes humane euthanasia if recovery is not possible and suffering is evident. Ask your veterinarian to show you how to properly euthanize cows and calves on your farm.
Consumers want to have confidence that the dairy products they eat and drink are of the highest quality. If you are having milk-quality problems, ask your veterinarian to intervene and assist your farm in achieving the milk-quality goals you desire.
Employee and management advice
Your veterinarian can be a part of the team that helps you train your employees to help them succeed. We can also help you make positive business decisions for your farm by helping you evaluate what impact these decisions might have on cow health and productivity.
The retiring veterinarian in our practice told me this week that he constantly worried about his dairy farmers, and I agreed with him! Your veterinarian cares deeply about you and your business.
Sometimes, farmers see the veterinarian as a monthly expense, wondering what the value in the expense might be and should it be decreased. However, your veterinarian is a valuable expert resource for your farm and that monthly expense is actually an investment. How may I help you?
Fred Gingrich is a practicing veterinarian and owner of Country Roads Veterinary Services, Inc., in Ashland, Ohio.