‘Raw counts’ can be powerful

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Greg Goodell, veterinarian with The Dairy Authority, Greeley, Colo., says there are many ways to monitor disease on the dairy.

At the Western Veterinary Conference in February, Goodell said not to discount the power of “raw counts,” or the number of abortions, pregnancies, milk fevers, etc., per week. These counts are an important way to collect data.

Knowing what is normal and when these weekly raw counts are abnormal keeps employees engaged in monitoring fluctuations in events.

“Dairy employees are the eyes and ears of the dairy and can be quick to notice weekly fluctuations in these types of events and can communicate these to the veterinarian without having to wait for a monthly herd check,” Goodell said.

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