Health

Podcast covers causes of milk fever

Many of the clinical signs of milk fever are related to the lack of adequate calcium in the blood that allows for proper muscle function. Here is a look at the resulting stages of hypocalcemia. FULL STORY »

Klebsiella fact sheet

Klebsiella is the second most common Gram-negative pathogen in clinical mastitis cases. It also is the subject of a new fact sheet from the University of Wisconsin Milk Quality team. FULL STORY »

Cool new ways to really listen to your cows

New precision dairy technologies, such as rumination/activity or rumination/activity/temperature sensors, can help you listen to your cows 24 hours a day, even in the middle of the night when nobody is around. FULL STORY »

A look at bedding additives to control mastitis

Proper bedding management lowers the risk of mastitis for dairy cows housed in free-stalls bedded with organic materials, like sawdust. Can an acidic bedding additive also help? FULL STORY »

Podcast offers advice on fresh-cow monitoring

Health evaluations and monitoring of feed intakes are important for detecting sick cows during this critical time. FULL STORY »

Study: Incomplete milking benefits fresh cows

New research suggests incomplete milking during the first five days after calving could improve the immune status of transition cows. FULL STORY »

'Raw counts' can be useful

Greg Goodell, DVM, Heifer Authority, Greeley, Colo., says there are many ways to monitor disease on the dairy. FULL STORY »

Your guide to proper milk sampling and using the CMT

The latest installment in a University of Wisconsin udder-health series is a good refresher on proper milk-sampling techniques and using the California Mastitis Test. Consider adding it to your milker training handbook. FULL STORY »

Can herd somatic cell count be too low?

As herds continue to reduce somatic cell counts and improve milk quality, is there a danger in SCC getting too low? FULL STORY »

Webinar to focus on achieving good health records

Learn better record-keeping skills and how to use the data to improve herd health management during a March 4 eXtension webinar. FULL STORY »

Rumination technology benefits transition cow health

Tracking rumination daily helps identify cows that need attention before visual observations can detect health challenges. FULL STORY »

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