New vaccine could help prevent metritis

Could metritis infections someday be preventable with vaccines? FULL STORY »

Consider shorter, single-group dry periods to manage hypocalcemia

Do cows need a 60-day dry period? In fact, research demonstrates that cows only need a minimum of 30 days dry, although it is not recommended to go less than 40 days dry. FULL STORY »

Transition troubles: What happened to her?

The 90-day transition period is critical to the future health and profitability of your cows. There is a huge investment at stake, and ignoring cows during this period could mean missing warning signs that lead to problems. FULL STORY »

Immune Health Is Key to Dairy Cattle Reproductive Function

A well-functioning immune system has been shown to support multiple aspects of dairy cattle health and productivity. FULL STORY »

New device texts farmers at calving Play video

If you’re tired of guessing when cows are in labor, and have a cellphone, a new technology out of France might be for you. FULL STORY »

Stop the drain of fresh cow disorders

Like a slow leak from a car tire that eventually turns into a flat, subclinical ketosis and milk fever can slowly drain profits from your dairy. FULL STORY »

Genetic evaluations for cow fertility

Genetic evaluations for daughter pregnancy rate allow the measurement of genetic differences between bulls in fertility of their daughters. FULL STORY »

Checklist for nutritional guidelines for reproductive rates

A combination of factors goes into achieving reproductive rates for dairy herds. From supplemental nutrition and feeding programs to maintaining a positive energy balance, here is a checklist to help improve these rates. FULL STORY »

Calves with Sam: Insights from walking in calf barns

When calves are fed ad lib. or free-choice milk or milk replacer, the pens require much more bedding than calves fed on more restricted milk rations. Rationale? More liquid in results in lots more urine out! FULL STORY »

Cattle nutrition for milking and dry dairy cows

Feed costs for the dairy cattle herd represent 50 to 60 percent of the total cost associated with the production of milk. FULL STORY »

Weather impacts somatic cell counts

Somatic cell counts have seen constant improvements in the state. In the last five years dairy herds on DHIA in South Dakota have improved somatic cell counts by nearly 21 percent from 282,000 to 255,000. FULL STORY »

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