Health

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 »

'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 »

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 »

A look at compost bedded-pack systems

Four Ohio dairy farms using compost bedded-pack systems were studied by Ohio State University researchers to assess barn design and collect data on pack and manure-handling practices, as well as cow health. FULL STORY »

What is your bulk tank SCC?

Bulk tank somatic cell counts continue to decline. Could yours stand room for improvement? Here are some things to consider as you look for ways to improve your milk-quality program. FULL STORY »

Best milking practices workshop in Pa.

The series of hands-on workshops is designed for English-speaking milkers and managers. It will emphasize proper milking techniques and standard operation procedures that reduce somatic cell count. FULL STORY »

Use flunixin properly to avoid residue violations

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service reported an increase in the number of residue violations in culled dairy cows from 2005 to 2010 with flunixin the second most common residue violation. FULL STORY »

Workshop to highlight best milking practices

Mark your calendar for the Penn State Extension “Best Milking Practices” workshop, Feb. 19, Meadville, Pa. FULL STORY »

Make better mastitis therapy decisions

Learn how to identify cases of mastitis through tools such as milk culturing, somatic cell count records, and treatment records during a Feb. 12 webinar from eXtension. FULL STORY »

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