Choose which cows you will treat. Not all cows are a good candidate for correction of LDA. Be careful using products with a meat withdrawal if you think the cow may have a LDA. Do not cull cows that are too ill to be shipped.
Aggressively treat off-feed fresh cows. Using a rumen-drench system for off-feed fresh cows can medically manage them to prevent a surgery. Do not delay treatment of your fresh cows.
Learn to diagnose LDAs. Purchase a stethoscope and ask your veterinarian for help to diagnose LDAs. Early cases can sometimes be medically managed.
With proper prevention and management strategies, the risk and economic losses of LDA can be improved on many dairy farms. Ask your veterinarian for advice regarding your farm.
Fred Gingrich is a practicing veterinarian and owner of Country Roads Veterinary Services Inc. in Ashland, Ohio.