Top 10 reasons to deworm your dairy herd

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As a dairy producer, you have a lot on your plate. One of the most important tasks you face is maintaining herd health, and that’s why parasite control should rank high on your priority list. Here are 10 ways a solid parasite control strategy can help lead to a healthier future for your herd. 

1) It all starts with immunity. While it’s hard to recognize the immune status of a cow just by sight, better immunity means healthier cows. And healthy cows have a great…

2) Appetite. Imagine a stomach full of worms… GONE! What a relief! Happy, hungry cows eat more freely and have better…

3) Feed efficiency. Fewer worms in the lining of the abomasum and intestine mean that these organs ultimately can function better. The easier it is to transfer nutrients from the feed to the cow, the easier it is to... 

4) Improve weight gain. Weight gain dictates a lot of the normal immune, metabolic and reproductive processes in the bovine body. If a replacement heifer gains weight easily, this can lead to…

5) Earlier breeding. According to Cornell University, the benchmark age to reach breeding weight should be younger than 25 months. If not, you suffer the double penalty of extra rearing costs and decreased lifetime production. Avoid the double whammy, and start to…

6) Milk early. The sooner that heifer has her first calf, the sooner she is no longer a feed bill liability, but rather an asset making... 

7) More milk. In fact, it is estimated that she will give 1,775 lbs. more milk on first lactation if she weighs more than 1,250 lbs. after her first calving. This can result in…

8) Fewer culls resulting from late calvers. This will help you save big on culling costs and replacement expenses. If a first-calf heifer calves late, she becomes an annual target to cull as she will always have difficulty getting ahead of the curve. Staying ahead of the curve requires…

9) Weight stabilization. It takes a lot of energy and resources in the form of feed and animal tissue to create the milk quantities we demand of today’s dairy herds. Dry cows must stabilize their weight to support efforts to cycle and settle a new pregnancy. Parasitism can delay this process and rob your ability to...

10) Maximize profits. Improving breeding efficiency in your replacement herd and mature cow herd by decreasing feed input costs and improving weight gains (due to better feed efficiency) can lead to a more sustainable product, which can lead to great things like yogurt, cheese and ice cream. And a world with less worms and more ice cream is a great place!



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