According to the 2002 Dairy Industry Study conducted by the National Animal Health Monitoring Service, 26.9 percent of all cows culled from the dairies leave due to mastitis or other udder health problems. Other top reasons for culling included: reproductive problems, 26.5 percent; poor milk production, 19.3 percent; and lameness or injury with 16.3 percent.

These are just a few of the statistics included in NAHMS’s latest comprehensive study of the dairy industry and on-farm practices that was completed at the end of 2002. The first set of results, “Part 1: Reference of Dairy Health and Management in the United States, 2002” is now available. You can find the 82-page report on the NAHMS
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