Health

Control Salmonella on your dairy

The clinical signs of Salmonella are easy to identify — sudden weight loss, weakness, fever, diarrhea and dehydration. While these symptoms signal clinical Salmonella on dairy operations, they are only the tip of the iceberg. FULL STORY »

NEFA and BHB sampling in dairy cows

At last week’s DCRC meeting Daryl Nydam, DVM, PhD, Cornell University, gave tips on NEFA and BHB sampling. FULL STORY »

Calving pens: manage for health

Both the dam and the newborn calf are vulnerable to infection at calving time. The key is to reduce exposure to bacteria through management. FULL STORY »

Learn more about Salmonella

A new resource for information on helping control Salmonella Newport is available at: www.SalmonellaRisk.com. FULL STORY »

Winning the fresh cow game

Trimming fresh cow losses and reducing treatment costs are crucial steps to winning the tight margins game in which you and everyone in our industry is now engaged. If I can help you with some simple ideas to involve your team of workers to implement a strategy, you can minimize expenses and control involuntary fresh cow cull losses. FULL STORY »

Improving dairy cattle reproduction in hot and humid weather (audio)

Hot and humid weather is hard on pregnant dairy cows. Extension Dairy Specialist George Heersche has some tips on how to care for pregnant dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Ketosis and metritis can flare with rising temperatures

Heat stress can add fuel to the flames when it comes to fresh cow risk factors for metritis. Ketosis is a fresh cow disease that is highly linked to metritis. Around 15 percent of early lactation, at-risk cows have subclinical ketosis in the first week after calving. In addition, cows with ketosis are 13.8 times more likely to develop a displaced abomasum and 1.7 times more likely to be challenged by metritis. Metritis incidence also climbs during periods of heat stress, costing producers between $304 and $354 in lost production and performance per case. FULL STORY »

Expand your dry cow arsenal with vaccination

Arm your cows with protection against E. coli mastitis. FULL STORY »

To treat or not to treat

"TO treat or NOT to treat"... that is the question and a decision that one or more employees makes on your dairy every day. Giving your employees the training and tools to make this decision correctly is crucial not only to the health of the individual cow but also to the profitability of your dairy business. As you know, I'm all about systems. They guide employees to make correct decisions. But for systems to work, employees must thoroughly understand them, be properly trained in them and then be given feedback about how they are doing. You can't develop the system if you don't understand the principles. This month let's talk about the principles behind the decision "should I treat this cow or not?" FULL STORY »

Lameness in dry cows will likely mean ketosis in fresh cows

Ketosis is often a problem in fresh cows. A recently published study shows a strong link to lameness in dry cows. FULL STORY »

Optimal body condition score for dairy cows at calving

A slightly lower body condition score at calving than currently recommended might be optimal to increase feed intake and improve health. FULL STORY »

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